The word around town is that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and I am in complete agreement. Of course, this best friend does not come easy or cheap. After years of slaving away at work and saving up for your first big diamond purchase, it is only fair that you invest an equal amount of time into researching and thinking about the ring that you want to buy.
For starters, focus on the cut of your diamond. Even the highest quality of stone can look lackluster if it is not cut in a way that brings out its beauty. Spend time looking for a diamond that is cut so that it sparkles brilliantly. Get the help of an expert to find the right cut and grade of diamond to suit your budget and your dream ring.
When I was on the hunt for the perfect diamond for my first ring (a treat to myself after two years of working), I realized that the price of diamonds function increases tremendously at the half-carat and carat points. For example, a diamond of 0.9-carat will be significantly cheaper than a 1-carat diamond and the difference is not really visible to the naked eye. Think about sizing down, ladies!
Since this is your first ring and you want it to last you a lifetime, think about a shape that will help you stand out from the crowd today and tomorrow. Plus, the common round shape tends to be more expensive that others because of its popularity so opting for an alternate shape will actually reduce the cost as well. I really love oval and teardrop shaped diamonds and personally feel that they also look larger than the traditional round ones. You could also think about setting many smaller diamonds together in a beautiful pattern rather than using one large stone.
Finally, when it comes to setting your diamond on to the ring, remember that the pronged setting uses less metal and thus lowers your cost of making the ring and helps the diamond stand out as well. Win-win.
Shine on, ladies!