Quality Diamond Engagement Rings Buying Tips

You can generally get a diamond engagement ring for your fiancé/fiancée, if he or she wants or prefers

  ●  A colorless, blue, brown, pink, red, gray, orange, purple, black, yellow and green
  ●  gemstone engagement ring
  ●  A quality engagement ring with some real worth/value
  ●  A classic or traditional engagement ring
  ●  An engagement ring with a lot of sparkles
  ●  An engagement ring with a rare gemstone
  ●  A diamond gemstone with his or her engagement ring

You and/or your fiancé/fiancée can get each and every one of these with a diamond engagement ring, what you will mainly need to do is to decide on what you want exactly.

* All the prices and figures that are used in this write-up/article are subject to change.


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Some additional options and features you can also get with a diamond engagement ring include different types of diamond gemstone shapes, designs, styles, surface finishes, bands, ring band sizes, and big and small size rings. You can also choose a new (preset/custom) or pre-owned (recently owned, vintage, antique etc) engagement ring for your fiancé/fiancée or yourself too.

To choose the best diamond engagement ring, you will need to know how to choose/select an engagement ring with some quality diamond gemstone(s) and other components.


Diamond Grades

Diamond gemstones are generally classified as colored or colorless. The quality of a diamond gemstone is defined by its cut, color and clarity grades, while its value is determined by its cut, color and clarity grades and carat (weight).

The cut, clarity, color and carat grades/values of a diamond gemstone and/or any other gemstone that may be in an engagement ring are usually provided with the gemstone certificate(s) or grading reports that should come with the ring, the information should also be available on a jeweler/store’s site too with the description of the ring. You may also ask the jeweler/store directly for them too even before you buy.

We will be using GIA (Gemological Institute of America) gemstone grades throughout this write-up.

The cut grades of all diamond gemstones are from Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair to Poor. Two sub-grades of the cut grade of each diamond gemstone, that is the depth % and table % will also define how well cut the gemstone is too.

The clarity grades of all diamond gemstones are from F (flawless), IF, VVS (VVS1 and VVS2), VS (VS1 and VS2), SI (SI1 and SI2) to I (I1, I2, I3 – that is Inclusions/flaws).

For colorless diamonds, the color grades are from D (colorless), E, F to Z (light yellow). While for colored diamonds the color grades are from Fancy Vivid, Fancy Deep, Fancy Intense, Fancy Dark, Fancy, Fancy Light, Light, Very Light to Faint. A diamond gemstone can be of any weight in carats.

You can learn more about cut, clarity, color and carat at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.

The topmost or highest quality diamond gemstones you can get with an engagement ring are

(a).  A colorless diamond with the following grades

Cut – Excellent
Clarity – F
Color – D


(b).  A colored diamond with the following grades

Cut – Excellent
Clarity – F
Color – Fancy Vivid   

We have created a grouping of gemstone grades at Top Quality Engagement Rings: Choosing The Right Gemstone, that can easily let you know whether the diamond gemstone or any other gemstone in your engagement ring, or in the ring you may be interested in, is a top quality gemstone or not.

One of the key requirements of a top quality gemstone is that it should generally not have a clarity grade of I (Inclusions - I1, I2 or I3), that is, a clarity grade with inclusions/flaws that could have a negative impact on the durability and/or appearance of the gemstone.

You may check out the top quality grades for your own ring now too at Top Quality Engagement Rings: Choosing The Right Gemstone.


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Valuable Engagement Rings

The higher the grades of a diamond gemstone, the more valuable it will be, that is, the more real worth/value it will have.

The real worth/value of a diamond gemstone and other gemstones are generally determined by the market (the open jewelry market) which comprises of the buyers and sellers of jewelries and gemstones such as loose gemstone resellers, jewelry stores, jewelry brokers, individual buyers/sellers, pawn shops, gold dealers etc.

These are some of the sources you are likely to do some research on in order to determine the real worth/value of a gemstone. You will usually need to do your research on multiple sources in order to get some comparative figures/values on any gemstone.

Engagement rings are generally made with some metals and gemstones. The metals that are considered to be valuable are the precious metals like gold, platinum, palladium and silver. The real worth/values of these metals are determined by the market too, that is, the precious metal market and are usually listed as their market prices, some of which are available in newspapers, on the internet etc.

The market prices of precious metals are usually listed in troy ounces but can be converted to grams, which is the unit of measurement that would generally be used to indicate the amount of precious metal content that may be in your engagement ring by a jeweler/store. More explanations on this are available at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.

To select the best type of precious metal for an engagement ring you will also need to choose some high quality precious metal content for the ring too. You can learn more about this too at Top Quality Engagement Rings: Selecting The Metal.

A valuable engagement ring is a top quality ring with some real worth/value, which is the total sum of the real worth/values of the ring’s components. For example, an engagement ring with a diamond gemstone of $1,000 in worth and a gold ring metal of $500 in worth will have a net real worth/value of $1,500.

A valuable engagement ring will either contain a precious metal (like gold, silver etc) or a valuable natural gemstone (like diamond) or both as its component.

The market prices of gemstones and the precious metals are generally determined by several factors including demand and supply, scarcity etc which may change at different points in time.

To know the real worth/value (or market price) of a gemstone (diamond etc) or precious metal (gold etc), you will simply need to do some research on their market prices.


The Difference Between Real Worth/Value And Retail Price

The retail price of an engagement ring is the price you will get the ring at the stores or with a jeweler, while the real worth/value of an engagement ring is the sum of the market prices of its components, hence the two are not the same.

The real worth/value of an engagement ring is usually a fraction of its retail price mostly because some additional costs of doing business etc would have been added to the real worth/value of the ring by the stores/jewelers.

With our earlier example of a diamond and gold engagement of $1,500 in worth for instance, the retail price of the ring could fall into different price ranges with 40%, 50% etc more cost price added to it, depending on the store/jeweler that is selling the ring and the price tag that may be attached or affixed to the ring.

You can have some idea about the real worth/value of an engagement ring before you buy by doing some research of your own. And can therefore get an engagement ring based on the specific real worth/value you would want with the ring for your fiancé/fiancée or yourself. You will need to choose the amount of real worth/value that you want an engagement ring to have before you buy it.


Why Your Ring’s Real Worth/Value Is Important

The real worth/value of an engagement ring is important because that is the real worth/value that the ring will retain after you may have bought it and it is how you can also get an engagement ring that serve as an heirloom ring with some real and substantial worth/value too.

With it, you will also be giving your fiancé/fiancée a quality ring of some real worth/value too.


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Rare Diamonds

The most common diamond you can readily get is a colorless diamond (sometimes referred to as a white diamond). There are however some colored diamonds that are rare and hard to find and these include blue, pink and red diamonds.

Because they are rare they are therefore more valuable than other diamonds and would cost a lot more too. If you or your fiancé/fiancée want a diamond or a gemstone with your engagement ring, these are however some of the options you will also have too.

If you want diamond engagement ring but cannot get the diamond in the color that you want, you can use some other type of gemstone with that color in your ring and then use one or more diamond gemstones as multi-stones or accents with the ring.


Sparkling Diamonds

A diamond gemstone can sparkle, hence you can use it with an engagement ring if you or your fiancée want some sparkle or a lot of sparkles with your ring. You can learn more about sparkling gemstones in engagement rings and how to choose them at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring and The Best Engagement Rings For Expressing Your Love.


Treated Diamonds

A diamond gemstone may be treated (or enhanced) to remove its natural flaws, an engagement ring that uses a treated diamond gemstone will usually be less expensive than a similar ring with an untreated diamond gemstone of the same specifications.


Durable And Hypoallergenic Engagement Ring

A diamond gemstone is one of the most scratch resistant gemstone on the Mohs scale of hardness, which has a scale of hardness from 1 to 10, diamond has a hardness of 10 which helps its durability.

You can learn more about durable engagement rings and jewelries at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring and Buying Some Durable And Long Lasting Jewelry Pieces.

Some people may be allergic to some jewelry metals or materials, you may therefore need to choose or select a hypoallergenic diamond engagement ring for your fiancé/fiancée or yourself. You may learn more about hypoallergenic rings/jewelries at Hypoallergenic Jewelries And Allergies.


Custom Diamond Engagement Ring

You can create a new custom diamond engagement ring with some loose diamonds, settings, semi-mount rings etc, you can learn more about custom engagement rings at Custom Engagement Rings For Her And You.

You may personalize your ring by engraving it too if you want.


Classic Or Traditional Engagement Rings

A classic or traditional engagement ring is a diamond solitaire engagement ring, you or your fiancée may want this as your engagement ring too.


Women And Men Engagement Ring Styles

You can learn about how to select some women and men ring style for your diamond engagement ring at Engagement Rings For Women Styles And Options and Mens Engagement Rings Styles respectively.


Unique Engagement Rings

You can create a unique diamond engagement ring too with some readily available options, jewelry components and materials, you may learn more about creating unique engagement rings at Creating Unique Engagement Rings.


Matching Rings And Bridal Sets

In addition to getting a single diamond engagement ring for just yourself or your fiancé/fiancée, you can also get a ring that is part of a bridal or wedding set too, you and your fiancé/fiancée may also opt to simply just get two similar rings for each other too.


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Designer Diamond Engagement Rings

Designer engagement rings are usually made by some well-known/popular brands or jewelry designers. Designer engagement rings can be made with different types of gemstones, metals and other types of jewelry materials. They typically command higher retail prices because of their brand or designer’s name and popularity.

However, the quality and value of a designer engagement ring is determined by the same set of criteria that is used for non-branded engagement rings too.

A top quality designer engagement ring with some real worth/value will need to be made with a precious metal (like gold) and/or a valuable natural gemstone (like diamond) too. The real worth/value of a designer engagement ring is the total sum of the real worth/value of its precious metal content and/or valuable natural gemstone, as explained earlier on engagement rings.

Generally, a designer engagement ring will have or retain the same real worth/value just like any other engagement ring. While some designer or brand name engagement rings may have some real worth/value in addition to the total sum of the real worth/value of their precious metals and valuable natural gemstones content, this is however not guaranteed in the open jewelry market for all jewelry brands or designers, even if they are well-known or popular.    

You will need to do some research of the market on your own in order to know or determine if a brand/designer has enough brand popularity to command more (market value) for its jewelries or engagement rings in the open jewelry market (not the stores).

Even with some added brand value (that is, if it exists) you should always remember that the real worth/value of a designer/brand name engagement ring will still most likely be a fraction of its retail price, that is, the price it may have been bought from the stores/jewelers. 

If you or your fiancé/fiancée wants or prefers a designer diamond engagement ring, you can ensure that it will retain some real worth/value (whether the brand/designer name is popular enough or not to be worth more in value), by choosing a top quality diamond designer engagement ring with a precious metal and/or valuable natural gemstone as explained earlier on engagement rings.

You can learn more about designer engagement rings at Designer Engagement Rings And The Best Way To Choose Them.


Pre-Owned, Vintage And Antique Diamond Engagement Rings

The quality and value of pre-owned, vintage and antique engagement rings are determined by the real worth/value of their components too. Some other factors that may also affect the worth/values however are their present state or condition, age/era (that is, for vintage and antique rings), brand or designer etc.

A pre-owned, vintage and antique engagement ring may have some additional real worth/value too as a result of its brand/designer popularity as explained earlier.

A vintage or antique engagement ring may have some worth/value in addition to the real worth/value of its components too if the ring is rare and/or as a result of the era or period it was made, which may include the Georgian, Edwardian, Victorian era etc.

Vintage and antique engagement rings are not created or made now, a vintage engagement ring must have been made and designed some twenty years or more ago, while an antique engagement ring would have been made some hundred years or more ago too.

Vintage-style and antique-style engagement rings are rings that replicate the designs/styles of vintage or antique rings but are neither vintage nor antique rings. You should therefore bear this in mind when you are buying an engagement ring.


How Much Will A Diamond Engagement Ring Cost?

How much a diamond engagement ring will cost will depend on if its diamond gemstone is rare or not and the gemstone’s cut, color, clarity and carat grades/values, the higher these grades/values are the more you will have to pay for your diamond engagement ring. In addition to this, the cost of the ring will also depend too on the amount of precious metal content and the other jewelry components that may have been used with it and the specific store/jeweler where you will be buying it.

You should ideally focus on getting more value with your engagement ring than on just its retail price only. Which means you should generally start with

1.  Deciding On The Type Of Engagement Ring That You Want
For this example, we will be searching/looking for a colorless diamond gold engagement ring.

2.  Decide On What The Ring’s Real Worth/Value Should Be
For example this could be $500, $1000, $1500 etc, we will be going with a ring of $1000 in real worth. We will also want the colorless diamond gemstone to have a real worth/value of $700 and the gold content in the ring to be of $300 in real worth too.

Hence if after doing some research we discovered that on the average a colorless diamond gemstone with the following grades/values

Cut – Good
Color – M
Clarity – SI2
Carat – 0.03 ct

Is about $700 in real worth (in the jewelry market), and that the gold metal content with a worth of $300 is a 14K gold ring with a metal weight of 10 g, we would then simply look for an engagement ring with these (diamond gemstone cut, color, clarity and carat grades/values and gold content) specifications in the stores.

You may for instance discover that a diamond engagement ring with those specifications in various stores has different retail prices ranging from $2000 to $3000 or even more. Alternatively you may choose to create a custom engagement ring with those specifications instead, you will however need to compare some quotes from more than one custom jewelry designer in order to get the best price for creating the ring.

You can generally choose a ring based on the real worth/value that you can afford.


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Getting Affordable Diamond Engagement Rings

A top quality diamond engagement ring with some real worth/value is the best and ideal type of ring you should generally select or choose for your fiancé/fiancée or yourself. You can get a more affordable diamond engagement ring with

  ●  A diamond engagement ring with a lower price precious metal like silver or palladium.
  ●  A diamond engagement ring with a base metal (like titanium etc) and/or other types
  ●  of jewelry components.
  ●  By choosing a preset/ready-made diamond engagement ring and not a custom ring.
  ●  By choosing a diamond engagement ring with lower gemstone grades and weight,
  ●  that is some lower cut, clarity, color and carats.
  ●  By choosing a diamond engagement ring with a lower precious metal content, a gold
  ●  ring for instance can be 14K, 16K, 18K etc of gold metal content.
  ●  By checking for some deals and discounts with the stores/jewelers.
  ●  By going for an engagement ring with a treated diamond gemstone(s).


You should generally try to get a more affordable diamond engagement ring bearing in mind the amount of real worth/value, you will also want with the ring too. That is, when you get a diamond engagement ring you can afford, you should also determine its real worth/value too before you buy it.


Top Quality And Temporary Diamond Engagement Rings

Top quality engagement rings are rings with some high amount of precious metal content and/or gemstones with high cut, clarity, color and carat grades/values, they therefore have a minimum metal content or percentage and/or gemstone grade level that they should have.

The minimum clarity grade for a top quality diamond gemstone for instance is SI (SI1 and SI2), that is, Small Inclusions or flaws, they cannot be seen on the gemstone without a microscope, they are not visible to the unaided eye.

You can learn more about top quality engagement rings and choosing some quality gemstones like diamonds with them at Top Quality Engagement Rings: Choosing The Right Gemstone.

A top quality engagement ring should generally be your first choice for your fiancé/fiancée or yourself, however if you really cannot afford them, then you also have the option of choosing/selecting a placeholder or temporary engagement ring. These are engagement rings that are expected to be replaced at some point in time later on when you can afford to get a top quality engagement ring for yourself or your fiancé/fiancée.

For diamond engagement rings for instance, you can use an engagement ring with a diamond gemstone with a clarity grade of I (that is, Inclusions I1, I2 and I3) with flaws that are visible to the unaided eye as a temporary diamond engagement ring. You can learn more about temporary engagement rings at What Are Temporary Engagement Rings? and Temporary Engagement Rings Components’ Choices & Mix.


If You Cannot Find A Diamond Gemstone

If you cannot find the specific type of diamond that you want with an engagement ring in a particular store or with a jeweler, you may check some other stores, or you can ask a custom jewelry designer to find the ring and/or the diamond gemstone for you. You can also check the following stores for the diamond (for a custom ring) or the diamond engagement ring.

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Diamond Certificate And Other Information

You will need to get the diamond gemstone certificate(s) and grading reports and the other details for your ring from the stores/jewelers too, you will need to know at a minimum the cut, clarity, color and carat grades/values of any engagement ring you may be interested in. You will need these to know what you are buying or what you may be paying for exactly.


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