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