12 Tips for Getting an Engagement Ring with the Most Sparkle Your Diamond-Buying Cheat Sheet
Let’s face it. Buying a diamond for an engagement ring or for any milestone jewelry is a big deal. It’s not only a major purchase, it’s also a major decision because you’re trying to get it right—the style, the carat weight, the sparkle! Most customers take about three months to find the perfect ring. While we can’t necessarily make the process faster, we can make it easier. Here’s a breakout of the tips our diamond experts share with their friends—and now, with you.12 Tips for Getting an Engagement Ring with the Most Sparkle
Set a budget that works for you.
Forget that old-school tip about spending three months of your salary. We have beautiful engagement ring options for every budget and style.
Our diamond experts don’t work on commission.
The Blue Nile philosophy is to help you to make the most of your budget.
We lovingly handcraft every ring that we make—regardless of the price tag.
Understanding the 4Cs is key to getting the most sparkle for your budget. And if you feel overwhelmed, you can always chat, call or email our diamond and jewelry experts. They’re pros at separating fact from fiction and walking you through every consideration.
While you may be envisioning a specific carat weight, bigger is not always the way to go. Is it important that the stone you buy is a precise carat weight—or would you be happy with a diamond that “reads” like that weight?
Carat is about weight, not size.
Prices increase exponentially as carat weight goes up.
A good place to start your search is with VS2 (very slightly included).
Carat weight is relative to finger size, setting size and diamond shape. Sometimes, smaller carat weights are the right choice.
Round brilliant diamonds are our most popular, but don’t rule out other shapes. All non-round diamonds are called “fancies.” Fancies can look larger and cost less than a round of similar carat weight.
There are 9 fancy shapes: princess, emerald, asscher, cushion, marquise, radiant, oval, pear and heart.
Why are rounds more expensive? It’s complicated, but in essence it comes down to the established cutting standards. Round diamonds are the only shape with GIA-designated cut parameters. There are exacting standards for fancies, too, but these were determined by our own master craftspeople rather than the GIA.
This is a major purchase, so of course you want to know that what you’re buying is authentic, natural and conflict-free. We’ve always sold high-quality, conflict-free diamonds and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
The finest quality natural diamonds are always independently certified.
Make sure your diamond comes with a grading report from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).