What quality diamonds should I use for right-hand rings and earrings?

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Asked on July 12, 2014 4:07 am
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You should ask many of the same questions when buying a ring with smaller diamonds, that you would ask buying a larger one.

Start by assessing the jeweler.

If you can answer *yes* to the 13 questions in our lesson, How to Choose a Dealer, then chances are that the jeweler will be selling at a good price for what they sell.

Also, you need to make some decisions about quality for this ring, in the same way you might for a larger diamond.

Read our article, How to Decide On the 4 Cs in a Flash to help you decide quickly.One additional comment: we don’t think it is necessary to stay with very fine stones when buying a dinner ring (decorative) as opposed to the emotionally important engagement ring. If you stay at I-1 clarity or better and I-J color or better, you will enjoy the beauty.But don’t stop there.

Ask the following questions to be sure you know what you are getting and whether you will receive the service you need.

  • What clarity are the diamonds?
    Recommend I-1 or higher for decorative rings.
  • What color are the diamonds?
    Recommend I-J color or higher for decorative rings.
  • What is the exact carat weight of the diamonds?
    If they don’t know or say, we don’t recommend buying there. But if you have other reasons to respect the jeweler, some fine stores generalize this. If so, you can bet that the weight is under 1.00 — more likely between .95 -.98 or so total weight. It is legal and acceptable to call such a ring a “1-carat” total weight, so as long as you know this you can make your own decision.
  • Do they guarantee the prongs with regular checkups?
    If you wear a ring, and it is made of a soft, pliable metal like gold, it will wear down a little in time or the prongs can break. Many of the best stores will guarantee the setting against wear and tear and replace a lost diamond or at least fix the prongs for free with regular checkups at that store. Find out if this is offered. If so, it is likely a good place to shop.
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