What Is The Right Size Diamond For Your Budget?

When you propose to the woman of your dreams you want to do it with the ring of her dreams. But how much should you spend on a diamond engagement ring? Read on to learn how to determine the right size of diamond for your budget.

How much you should spend on diamonds is an individual decision. Some people say the equivalent of two months' salary, some say three months. However, you should really only spend what you're comfortable spending. You want to put a budget together and get the best quality and the best size you can get within that budget.

What Is The Right Size Diamond For Your Budget?

Quality vs. Size

Size is one component of the "Four Cs", which include Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight. Carat Weight refers to how big a gem is; Cut describes the shape of the stone and how many facets are cut or how much brilliance is going to be reflected in the diamond; Color signifies the lack of color in the stone (colorless is the most ideal in a diamond), or whether or not it's grey or yellow or another fancy color such as pink; and Clarity grades how clear the stone is, whether or not it has any inclusions or little flaws inside the diamond that can be seen. All these Cs taken together define the cost of a diamond.

In our opinion, size does indeed matter, but not at the risk of sacrificing diamond quality or compromising on the design of the ring. You should never sacrifice quality for size. A sweet spot that we recommend is G Color, VS Clarity, in the Cut and Carat Weight that works for your budget. With this formula, you're getting a great clear stone, good quality, good color, something that is going to refract the best light and still look really white for your budget.

Determining Your Budget

We recommend putting a budget together of what you think you can afford. Start visiting stores, do some research online and find the best ring that you can get for your budget. You might find that you can spend less than you thought and still get something that you're happy with, or you can end up spending a lot more because you found something you really fell in love with.

So, be comfortable with your budget because it's your money and you want to buy wise and invest well, but two to three months of salary is somewhere around the range of affordability for most diamond engagement rings.

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by Sarah Simmons; Wednesday, April 4, 2012 @ 10:37 AM [3193]

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