Sunday, April 24, 2011

Be Prepared to Pay for Quality When Shopping for Diamond Engagement Rings

Even discount engagement rings can cost anywhere from $125 to $500 dollars, but these are not typically high quality diamond rings. When you are looking for a diamond engagement ring, you want to keep in mind that the normal amount spent is usually three month’s salary to get a quality diamond engagement ring. Otherwise, you can get some lower priced diamond rings, but the settings will be 10k gold or the diamonds will not be AGS or GIA certified. Saving up for a quality diamond engagement ring is important if you want a ring that gives you value for your money.

Lowest GIA/AGS Certified Prices

If you want to make sure that you have a quality diamond, you will have a laboratory like AGS or GIA certify it on the 4 C’s: color, carat, cut, and clarity. Without an actual evaluation, you can get a diamond, but it might be of very low grade. GIA/AGS certified diamonds start at $750 dollars to $1000, but you will only get at most .25 carats. That’s a pretty tiny diamond ring. If you want to offer your sweetheart the standard 1 carat round brilliant diamond you can expect to pay between $2,000 and $3,500.

Best Deals are Online

Prices do vary across jewelers for different diamond engagement ring designs. Cut and clarity can influence the price factor the most. The easiest way to tell how much a diamond ring might end up costing is to visit a site, like, and use their ring builder to build a virtual ring. There you will be able to choose a diamond based on the 4 C’s and find out how much it will cost in a particular setting without actually having to visit a store. Also, online sites tend to sell their diamonds for less because they do not have a commission structure for salespeople nor have to warehouse the diamonds in a brick-and-mortar store. As long as they have some third-party certification that can verify the quality of the stone sent to you, you can be assured that the diamond you choose online is the same diamond you get delivered to you.

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