10 Industry Secrets for Maximizing Quality while Minimizing Cost on your Diamond Engagement Ring
Top Secret Diamond Buying Guide
While we can't speed up the process for you, we can certainly make the whole diamond buying experience easier and more enjoyable. Having the right information is so important and that is what we do: we educate ourselves and then our clients to make the right decision. Empowered with the right information, we can navigate the once hidden world of diamonds together to get the best diamond at the best price. Here are the best kept secrets that our diamond experts have shared with us, and now, we're sharing them with you!
Stay within a comfortable budget
- Our diamond experts, who have over 30 years of experience in the jewelry industry, do not work on commission.
- Every product we have, regardless of its price, is made with the utmost attention to detail and goes through the Angelucci Jewelry rigorous quality control process.
Know the 4C's: Color, Clarity, Carat and Cut
- The 4Cs are the starting point for value for diamonds
- Keep an open mind-sometimes a K color diamond can knock your socks off
- Consider Fire, Life and Brilliance when buying a diamond which means really how shiny and sparkly a stone is. The 4Cs are just the starting point! Consult a Diamond Expert at Angelucci Jewelry to guide you through this. You're not alone!
Pay close attention to the way the Diamond is Cut
- Stick with these cut grades: Good, Very Good, and Ideal cuts; they cost bit more than poorly cut stones but they are the best options for anyone looking to buy a diamond.
- Cut Grade only available on round brilliant stones. However, the way any diamond shape stone has been cut is very important.
- Ideal cut is the best if you're going for the maximum amount of sparkle.
- A cut that is too shallow or too deep will make even a flawless diamond appear dull.
- According to GIA, The GIA Diamond Cut Grading System for standard round brilliants in the D-to-Z color range is based on the assessment of seven components. The first three — brightness (the total light reflected from a diamond), fire (the dispersion of light into the colors of the spectrum), and scintillation (the pattern of light and dark areas and the flashes of light, or sparkle, when a diamond is moved) — are appearance-based aspects. The remaining four — weight ratio, durability, polish, and symmetry — are related to a diamond's design and craftsmanship.
The Diamond Chooses You
- A well-cut diamond will refract and reflect light very well, allowing it to create a sparkle that you can see across a far distance.
- Color is a very important factor in determining a diamond's quality according to the 4C's, and you stand back a few feet from the ring in order to really appreciate a diamond's natural color. You'll notice the highest clarity grades from a very close
- The Diamond Chooses you. Go with your gut instinct. It's usually right!
Don't Overemphasize Diamond Size and Carat weight
- The higher the carat weight, the bigger the price tag, especially after certain carat weight markers like 1 carat or 2 carats.
- Is size important to you? Maybe/Maybe not.
- Since a carat is only a fifth of a gram, a slight difference in weight between two stone will not be very evident in their appearance, especially with diamonds cut into certain shapes that are designed to make them look bigger than they actually are.
- The only noticeable difference between two diamonds of slightly differing carat weights will be on their price tags.
- Since carat weight is relative to finger size, setting size, and diamond shape, a smaller carat weight can be the better choice sometimes.
Get Clear about Clarity
- Diamonds have imperfections called clarity characteristics:
- Diamonds can have either external flaws (blemishes) and/or internal flaws (inclusions).
- To maximize the clarity for your budget, we suggest starting your search around VS2/ Sl1/Sl2 grades. Every stone is different and some Sl1 stones look amazing. Figure out what is important to you and what is a reasonable budget to spend.
- Depending on the diamond shape, clarity characteristics are more or less obvious.
Near-Colorless(G/H/I) vs Colorless (D/E/F) Color
- Diamonds are typically graded from D (colorless) to Z (brownish or yellowish).
- Going with diamonds graded from G to H (near-colorless) is a great idea to cut down on the budget and still get great value and quality for your money.
- The color of the band's metal will also affect the way your diamond's color is perceived, so keep this in mind. A yellow gold ring makes the diamond look more yellow. A white gold ring makes the diamond look whiter, etc.
Consider Shapes Other than the Round Brilliant
- There are several fancy diamond shapes including: Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Cushion, Marquise, Oval, Radiant, Pear, and Heart.
Stay away from the "Magic Sizes"
- The face-up sizes (what you see with naked eye) between a 1.9-ct diamond and a 2-ct diamond is very slight, but their prices will have a huge difference between them.
- Save tons of money
Make Sure the Diamond is 100% Conflict-Free
- We only sell certified lab-created diamonds
- Lab-Created Diamonds are compositionally and in every other way exactly the same as mined diamonds
- It takes 2,000 tons of dirt to uncover a 1 carat diamond for a typical diamond mine
- GE (General Electric) has been creating lab-diamonds since the 1970's
- Lab-created Diamonds area lot more affordable than mined diamonds. Period!
- Even though DeBeers and The Kimberly Process curbed most of the sale of blood diamonds, there is no way to ensure a diamond is ever conflict-free unless it is a lab-created diamond.