Essential Tips Before You Buy a Diamond Ring

Posted by admin on October 18, 2008
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  1. Never (at least try not to) buy a diamond already in a setting. You can’t see the color and they almost never has a lab, e.g. GIA, certificate. In the worst case, ask the jeweler if you can buy the diamond on your own and bring it to him. If he says no, walk away. If he says yes, then buy it online, you’ll be sure to get the very best price for your diamond. The jeweler will set your diamond on his ring.
  2. Only buy from a seller who has been in the business for a number of years and who knows diamonds, e.g. a gemologist. The best sellers will spend time educating you, show you different diamonds, and welcome you to leave and comparison shop. In general, be leery of stores where they shove settings in your face as soon as you enter or use high pressure sales tactics, e.g. offer a “special price” only if you buy right away.
  3. Negotiate (at least in brick & mortar stores). Diamonds and diamond engagement rings are almost always marked up quite a bit. You’ll know what the reasonable price should be if you’ve done your comparison shopping homework. This may be a case where speaking less is better - a seller may actually drop the price by over $1000 for a diamond ring simply because you didn’t give an opinion or say much (sometimes known as a “buying signal”). Those who don’t like to negotiate may find the internet to be a great source to shop and compare offerings. Like we said before, you will get the best price on the Internet anyway!
  4. Good online retailers of diamonds back their products by offering you a 30 days return policy.
  5. Look for a 6 prong ring setting. Prongs hold the diamond inside the ring. A diamond has a greater chance of falling out and being lost if a prong breaks in a 4 vs. 6 prong setting. 4 prong settings also give a round diamond a bit of a square look.
  6. In order to maximum your quality/price ratio, make sure you understand the diamond 4 c’s and that size only does not justify a the price of a diamond. Brilliance is affected by a number of factors including the cut, the color, the clarity and of course the carat weight. If you are not yet familiar with the 4 c’s, please visit our 4 c’s section.

If you have already read our sections about the diamond 4 c’s and Diamond Shapes, we strongly suggest that you take a look at the next step which is to find the perfect vendor.

What is my Fiancee’s Ring Size?

Posted by admin on September 09, 2008
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The first question you should ask yourself is whether you want to know her exact size before you buy her ring or if getting the ring resized afterwards is not a problem. Some people don’t want to risk spoiling the surprise!

Most jewelers can easily resize the ring for you after you afterwards. Most good online retailers also offer the same service. So, what are the tips to get at least a good approximation?

  • Get one of her rings while she is not looking and bring it to your jeweler. He will tell you in an instant what size her finger is. Keep in mind that not all her fingers are similar. They are not of the same size, so you should aim for a ring slightly oversized as opposed to buying a ring that’s too small. Think about it, when you give her the ring, it wouldn’t be great if you can’t even put it on her finger. Besides, it’s easier for a jeweler to reduce the size of a ring than the opposite.
  • You can use a string and put it around her finger while she is sleeping! Then calculate the circumference of her finger. Remember to calculate around her knuckle. Here’s a nice table that’ll tell you exactly what her finger size is based on the circumference of her finger.
Blue nile also offers an excellent guide on how to find your (or her) ring size: Blue nile’s Ring Size Guide
Ring Size Circumference (in mm) Diameter (in mm)
5 53 mm 17 mm
6 55 mm 17.5 mm
7 57 mm 18 mm
8 60 mm 19 mm
9 63 mm 20 mm
10 66 mm 21 mm

  • Another suggestion is to have one of her friends make her try some of their rings and then report back to you with the correct size of her finger! Of course, you have to ask her friends to be careful when they ask her to avoid arousing her suspicion.

It is generally a good idea to put efforts in finding out what her perfect ring size is before you buy her a ring. That will show how dedicated you are and how special she is. Finally, remember that not ALL women are alike. Our Diamond Buying Guide might be useful, but remember that some of women might prefer to choose their own ring. You should try to find out in a subtle way weeks ahead. After all, she is going to wear it for the rest of her life so it’s much better if she really adores it!