Recently a couple of readers want to know how to buy a bigger diamond for the ring. I sat there for a few minutes thinking about this, I mean I don't know of any gal who doesn't want a bigger diamond for her ring. So we know we want bigger diamond but with budget and the 4 C's (carat, color, clarity and cut) what is a gal to do? If I am buying a diamond for myself I would:
- Set up a budget because as we know sky is the limit when it comes to diamonds. Usually I find we often do go over budget, just like home remodeling. There is always something bigger and better in the store.
- Buying the best (whitest) color while getting VS quality clarity so a gal can get a bigger diamond. Under naked eye, VS clarity looks great for everyday wear. Color ranges from D (whitest) to Z (very yellow looking but do not mistaken that for yellow diamond).
- If possible, look for diamonds with inclusions more on the edges instead toward the center of the rock. This way, it maybe possible for the setting to hide some of the inclusions.
- Cutting will also make a difference in the price but you don't have to buy ideal cut, excellent or good cut will do if carat matters very much.
- For D, E, F color diamond, try to avoid fluorescent but with lesser quality diamonds, fluorescent will make the rock look whiter until natural light
Seriously for myself, unless I am buying a diamond for investment purpose, I will pick VS1 quality with E or F color even for my own engagement ring. I mean once I have that piece of rock, I ain't ever selling that thing. I have spoke to the people at Harry Winston and De Beer extensively, and for everyday wear, they agree if there is a budget concern, VS1 or 2 will be wonderful already. The point is to get the most out of a set budget. Of course, if you have a bigger budget, VVS1, VVS2 or IF (internal flawless) is dream come true for any gal. I have discussed diamond purchase on a budget here as well. For me, I am shallow; I think size matters a bit for me. Since I have small hands, a 2 or 2.5 carats will suffice. But, ultimately if it's an engagement ring, it's the thought that count not the size. Oh gosh, did I just say that? I guess if I want a bigger diamond, I can always buy myself one. So girls, let me ask you, does size matter or only the best quality will do for you? How will you pick your diamond?