I always Advise Buying High Quality Diamonds (Like this Superior .96 Carat, IF, D Diamond at James Allen)…
It’s hard not to Push Quality after being in the Business for over 27 Years…
But You Know What?
Many times, High Quality is a BAD THING!
High Quality Bad to Buy?
So Hold onto your Hats, because I’m about to Rip on the Best of the Best…
I don’t Mind some Inclusions in a Diamond.
(Not Eye-Visible Flaws, but Microscopic Flaws found in SI1 Diamonds or Higher)
But there’s a Very BIG Reason why I like some Imperfections…
And Because I’m able to see them, I can Memorize them and Identify my Stone at a later date.
Flaws are like a Fingerprint to a Diamond. Each one is Unique and they’ll look like that FOREVER!
They Don’t Change. EVER!
Which means, if your Diamond has something Identifiable in it, something that Distinguishes it from another Stone, then you can PREVENT Diamond Switching!
You can Pick up your Diamond Ring from Repair, Sizing, Prong Retipping, Whatever… See your Diamond Flaws under a Microscope (While you’re still at the Store), and know that you got your Diamond back!
This is Difficult to do with Higher Quality Diamonds!
For Diamond Clarity VVS or Higher, have such Tiny, Tiny Flaws that you probably won’t see them under 10x Power. They’re that Small (Especially with an Untrained Eye).
So to most Folks, any Clarity VVS2 or Higher will all look FLAWLESS (Void of any Inclusions). And you know what else looks “Flawless” and “Perfect“???
Stones like Cubic Zirconia are Inclusion-Free as well. There’s nothing in them (because they’re made in a Laboratory and NOT in Nature).
So your “Flawless” Genuine Diamond could get Switched and Mistaken for a Cheap CZ Stone!
And sadly, you’d Probably Never Know it. They’d all look the same!
(Although CZ’s will Display more FIRE, or Flashes of Color in them!)
You’d have to Diamond Test the Stone just to be SURE it’s a Real Diamond!
Diamond Carat Weight
Diamonds don’t Increase in Value Equally as you Step up in Carat Weight.
They jump 3-4 Times the Price!
So going from a 1/2 Carat into a 1 Carat will probably be 4-6 times the Price!
That’s some BIG BUCKS!
And as much as the “DREAM” Carat Weight is a One Carat Diamond, those One Carats will COST you!
Usually 1 Carat Diamonds of Half-Way Decent Quality will BEGIN at around 5 Grand and up.
And that can SUCK!
And then you have to still set it into a Mounting, and more than likely get one with Diamonds, and then you’ll also need that Matching Wedding Band…
MONEY MONEY MONEY!
So instead, go for a Smaller Carat Weight, like .50 – .75, and have it set into a Halo Mounting with Diamonds surrounding the center.
That way, you can still get your “One Carat” Diamond Ring, but the “Carat” will be Distributed around the Ring. It’ll be One Carat TOTAL Weight! (The Weight of ALL the Diamonds added together)
It may be Cheating, but it’s still a Carat, and still WAY CHEAPER!
Have you ever looked at D Color?
D Color is the TOP, most Highest Diamond Color there is on the Face of the Earth.
And in my Opinion…
It’s TOO White!
Sure, I LOVE Colorless Diamonds (D, E, F), but I usually always stick with E or F for this Particular Reason…
They aren’t Stark White!
D Color is White-White and it tends to make a Diamond look Glassy or FAKE!
Like it’s been Bleached!
E-F Color is toned down a Smidge… They don’t read as Bone-White as D.
If you Purchased a D, Congrats, it’s Nice to know you own the Best in the World…
But you know what other Stone is Perfectly White?
You Guessed it…
Those Cheap Fake Stones that fill Costume Jewelry and Sell for Practically nothing…
They’re Pure White, and they Resemble a D Colored Diamond.
Which means, if you put them side by side (or a Jeweler Swapped them out), you might not be able to tell (unless you Diamond Tested them!)
What’s Wrong with the Best Diamond CUT?
(Which is “Excellent“)
Granted, you could buy one with a “Very Good” Cut and they may look Similar (Except in Price), but it’s really hard to Knock Cut since it plays such a Huge Role in the Beauty and Sparkle of a Stone.
But you know what CUT you can do without?
The Brilliant Cut
The Round Brilliant Cut is the Most Popular, and the MOST Expensive Cut there is.
Not that’s a Cut worth Cutting!
GIA is the BEST!
GIA is also the Most Expensive…
But if you’re Spending this kind of Money on a Diamond Engagement Ring, then this is one Area I’d NEVER Skimp!
You’ll Never Regret it!
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