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Looking For A Diamond Engagement Ring? Keys To Buying Diamonds Online
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Looking for A Diamond Engagement Ring? Keys to Buying Diamonds Online

Are you planning on buying a diamond engagement ring online? If so, what do you do? How do you go about buying diamonds online? With all of the options on the web, the prospect can be very daunting. An engagement ring means many things to different people. It tells the world that you are a married woman. It's an expression of the love you share with your husband. It displays your particular look and style. And it is a ring that you will (hopefully) wear many years, possibly the rest of your life. Your engagement ring is probably the most significant piece of jewelry you will ever own. So before you start buying diamonds online, take the time to select wisely and well. Go about it methodically, so you do notend up spending days of online willy nilly shop-hopping confusion. Prior to shopping online for a diamond engagement ring, I suggest that you answer these questions first:


How much are you and your husband-to-be planning on spending on your engagement ring? The jewelry industry suggests the two month salary convention; however a recent paper published in Human Nature found that among 1,000 couples polled, the average amount spent was 8.44% of the man’s annual income. Regardless of polling or recommendations, the right amount to spend on an engagement ring is the amount you can afford. Talk it out frankly with your soon-to-be-husband. Before buying diamonds online, decide firmly on your engagement ring budget as well as your preferred method of payment: cash, credit card, time payments, loans, etc.


This is the fun part! Your engagement ring should express your personal style - it will be your "signature" ring, one that you will wear everyday, rain or shine. Not only does it symbolize your marriage, it is also an expression of your particular taste and should fit your personality and lifestyle as well as your hand. Imagine how the ring will look on your finger... visualize that beautiful ring you’re dreaming of, then try to nail down your preferences as to:

Metal: Yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, other

Wedding ring set: decide if the engagement ring will be part of a diamond wedding ring set or paired with a different band

Number of stones: Solitaire, multi-stone

Style: Traditional, Non-Traditional, Classic, Avant-garde, Minimalist, Ornate, Art Deco, other

And don’t forget to consider the all-important Diamond 4Cs: Carat, Color, Clarity and Cut

Diamond Carat Weight: One carat equals 100 "points". Asa diamond increases in size,prices riseexponentially. Diamond prices per caratcan range from about$2,000 on up to about $60,000, depending on the other three factors of color, clarity and cut.

Diamond Color: do you want white diamonds, colored diamonds or a combination of both? If white diamonds, use the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Scale:

D, E, F - Colorless - these are the most rare and valuable diamonds

G, H, I, J - These diamonds are nearly colorless

K, L, M - These diamonds have a faint yellow tinge

N, O, P, Q, R - These diamonds tend to be very light yellow

S, T, U, V - These diamonds are light yellow

Diamond Clarity: Using the GIA Scale:

F - These diamonds are considered flawless, and again, are extremely rare

IF -These diamonds are considered internally flawless and are also quite rare

VVS1, VVS2 - These diamonds have very, very small inclusions, but are still very highly rated

VS1, VS2 - These diamonds have very small inclusions and are still considered to be high quality

S1, S2, S3 -These diamonds have small inclusions, but are still generally considered to be good

I1, I2, I3 -These diamonds are imperfect, but still gem quality

Diamond Cut:

Round - Also called the Brilliant cut; this is the most preferred cut of all

Princess - Square cut; this is the second most preferred cut

Oval cut

Pear-shaped cut

Trillion cut

Marquise cut (a pointed oval)

Emerald cut (an octagon step cut)

Square (a step cut)

Rectangle cut

Heart cut

Baguette cut (a trapezoid cut)

Once you have answered these questions, the next logical question is:


How do you determine which jeweler can provide the diamond engagement ring of your choice? Which are the top diamond jewelers? Finding a reputable diamond engagement ring jeweler is crucial. When buying diamonds online, these are some questions you must ask in selecting your jeweler:

Reputation: is this an ethical jeweler? Are you safe buying diamonds online through this jeweler? What is this jeweler’s reputation in the marketplace? Is this jeweler known for high quality engagement rings? Inexpensive engagement rings? Designer engagement rings?

Selection: does this jeweler offer a wide selection of the type of rings you are interested in?

Style: does this jeweler carry the particular ring style that you are seeking? Are the styles minimalist? Ornate and intricate? Traditional?

Popularity/Status: why is this diamond jeweler popular? Is popularity/status a factor in your selection of a jeweler?

Financing: if you need it, does this jeweler offer financing? What are the financing options and terms available?

This is the most important jewelry purchase you will ever make, so narrow down your search options in the most logical fashion and then explore your choices before you purchase your diamond engagement ring. If you focus on exactly what attributes you want in your ring, you will find that buying diamonds online can be both exciting and easy. And have fun while you are making your selection! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I wish you great joy in finding your perfect diamond engagement ring!

Street Talk

Most people don't realize everything that goes into buying a diamond. And GIA is a tremendous help that everyone who is in the market for diamonds should refer to.

  about 9 years ago
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