At AAA Jewelers, we understand that diamonds and other engagement and wedding ring stones and materials can be pricey. We’re proud to offer a wide range of prices and materials among our high-quality jewelry selection, and our team is happy to work with you to prioritize your most important characteristics while remaining well within your stated budget.
When choosing a diamond in particular, how do you know you’re getting good value? Much of this is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but there are several areas you can look at in terms of maximizing your budget to get the primary characteristics you want. Let’s go over a few important areas to think about here.
There are numerous diamond shapes out there, and each one will come with its own set of pros and cons. Some will naturally expose lower levels of clarity or color, while others may not. In addition, it’s vital to note that just because a diamond is graded at a certain color does not mean it will look exactly the same as other shapes in that same color designation.
For example, consider emerald cuts, a very popular style for engagement rings today. These cuts will be exposed if their clarity is poor, but their shape actually allows them to cover a lower color quality very easily. On the flip side, a shape like oval or pear will do just fine even with slightly lower clarity qualities, but will not look very good if the color isn’t high-quality. Round cuts, in some cases, do well at hiding both low color and clarity – but may be more expensive as a result.
In some cases, particularly those who have never shopped for diamonds before, there’s a tendency to significantly overrate carat weight as a factor in the diamond’s size and quality. While this is an important factor, it’s also vital to look at specific millimeter measurements of any given diamond – some stones appear differently in real life, but using the precise measurements means you’ll never be wondering if you have the right size.
If you’re looking to maximize the appearance of the stone on the finger but stay within your budget, consider an elongated shape like a pear, oval or marquise. These allow you to purchase a lower carat weight but still get an impressive stone, one that’s symmetrical if you desire.
As we touched on somewhat in the first section here, there tend to be natural trade-offs when budgeting for a diamond. The perfect stone, one with no issues in cut, clarity, color or any other area, will be most expensive. But if you’re willing to make accommodations within at least one of these areas, you can lower your price significantly while still getting a wonderful stone. Our jewelry experts are happy to walk you through this process and determine which areas you’re willing to sacrifice in to meet both your budget and your desires for the stone.
For more on maximizing your diamond budget, or to learn about any of our diamond rings or fashion jewelry, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.