Jan 21, 2009

A Gal's Dream Diamond Ring

SG enjoyed the best play date with gal pal yesterday. She is looking for a ring and I am to be her ring shopping partner in crime. To be honest I didn't see anything of interest at Tiffany and Cartier. We thought we should visit De Beers and Harry Winston just for reference as well. Well, I never really think about engagement rings but it's quite fun ring shopping when it's not my own engagement ring. Gal pal doesn't want a traditional round solitaire so we look mostly at princess, emerald, Asscher and cushion cuts. I think 1.5 or 2 carat is just perfect for gals with smaller hands, although we will not say no to a bigger diamond.I totally fell in love with a cushion cut diamond with pave diamond band in platinum. It's so gorgeous at about 3 carats, D color, internal flawless and costs about $120,000. Initially I mistook the price for serial number. ***(Imagine the ring on top left but with a pave diamond band like ring on bottom right. When shopping for a ring, it's important to try on different styles.)
After De Beers, we went to Harry Winston and I found my dream ring. A cushion cut diamond has never entered my agenda but it's just so right. It's a cushion cut diamond with micro pave diamond setting and band which is also a HW classic style. A 2 carat ring looks to be 3 carat because of the additional diamond bling factor around the center stone. The band is so delicate and feminine, exactly SG's cup of tea. The nice SA tells me HW offers only D, E and F color diamonds. BTW, the 2 carat ring like the one above will cost about $50,000 and up. If money is not an issue, SG thinks they are worth it. Another thing, savvy gal always remembers to negotiate for the best price, even at HW.

A gemologist pal once told me for engagement ring on a budget, pick the whitest ring with VS1 or VS2 clarity so a gal can put rest of the budget toward carat weight. Of course, different individuals will have different preferences. Some of my friends insist on the best color and clarity while sacrificing carat. For me, an engagement ring is for daily wear so VS1 or VS2 will be good enough for me. I doubt anyone will be able to see inclusions with their eyes. SG wants a bigger rock. Now, for an investment diamond, then it's important to buy the best of all 4 C's with the budget. So savvy gals, what is your diamond preference? Do you have a dream diamond ring or are you wearing one already?

image: De Beers, Harry Winston

11 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! Is that really the retail price of rings! Eep thats really scary. But those are really beautiful. Cushion cut with paved band is very striking but classic. Hope this search proves fruitful!

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  2. I don't know ANYTHING about diamond cuts. I don't even know what cut I want when I get engaged or whatever. I just hope I get a perty (AND BIG) ring when the time comes.

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  3. gorgeous rings, but ohmygod, i don't know when/if i will ever be with a boy who can afford one :)
    xx
    chloe

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  4. solitaire - that is what I have and that is what I told hubbie to look for when he picked the ring. He did awesome and I still love my ring 10 years later! Although - I would NEVER want to wear $50K around on my ring! Sorry - too much money for me!

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  5. Egads - I'll take one of each please? But more important than the ring is the man giving it :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  6. It's a beautiful ring, but I just think engagement rings (as a whole) are so ridiculously pricey. If my future hubby wants to propose with a cubic zirconia ring, I'm okay with that (I'd just ask that it be a cute cubic zirconia! ha ha)

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  7. First of all, always design your own ring with a private jeweler (like me, hello!) to get something special and not generic. Your gemologist friend is right. Don't waste money on colors D/E/F -- very expensive and you'll only appreciate the difference if you take the diamond out of the setting, plop it on a piece of white paper and rock it back and forth to see the relative whiteness. Also, VS1-VS2 is fine for quality -- all the clarity characteristics are microscopic and unless you are showing people your stone (unset of course) under a microscope, you're not going to see that stuff. Put the money towards a bigger stone. I could go on and on about how I'd like people to treat their rings after they get them, but no one listens to me, they just come crying to me to fix the damage. So I'll just say that diamonds are the hardest substance on earth but they are NOT indestructible. If they were we wouldn't be able to shape and polish them.

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  8. i love cushion cuts...which is why i opted for it. my ring actually looks like your harry winston ring but w/a ceylon sapphire (light blue) in the center of the "crown" or "basket" setting instead of a diamond (cuz i love sapphires more than diamonds). it was custom made and i never tire of it. i absolutely love my ring more and more.

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  9. I have a solitaire, and I love it, but I must say that your cushion cut diamond is beautiful!

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  10. I love my HW engagement and diamond band rings. I know we paid a premium, but I think it's worth it!!!

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