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    Diamond Clarity

    Looking at Engagement Rings. Read quite a lot, and know the style of ring i want to give her (and she would like!!)

    Does clarity really matter? I mean obviously it does to an extent, but between a VS2 / VS1 and a SI ring, will you see any difference by looking at it? I'm far from a scrooge when buying an important symbol like this, but is an extra £300 justified for simply a small upgrade in clarity?

    Any other advise would be great too!! :-)

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    In a word, no.

    Yes.......we can tell you cheapskate
    Edited by: "choc1969" 1st Jan 2010

    When I bought my wife her's about 18 years ago now it cost me just over £20 as she said to me it did not bother her how much it cost.

    If she knows a bit about diamonds, she'll notice imperfections IMO.

    TUSSFC

    If she knows a bit about diamonds, she'll notice imperfections IMO.



    Anything from around SI1 and above, the inclusions will only be visible through a loupe and not via the naked eye.

    hornblowerracing

    Anything from around SI1 and above, the inclusions will only be visible … Anything from around SI1 and above, the inclusions will only be visible through a loupe and not via the naked eye.



    First item we get given for our 16th birthdays

    choc1969

    First item we get given for our 16th birthdays



    Very good.

    to a man it doesn't matter (not the things going on in their heads) but to a woman, matters all day long....
    .... it doesn't have to be the biggest diamond but really...... it has to be a good one!

    Original Poster

    Cheers all for your thoughts so far. What about size then?

    I'm probably going for a good clarity 0.5...

    Original Poster

    + there are a few online jewellers which i'm looking at, seem to get a hell of a lot more for your money. Blue Nile, and The Diamond store are two which i've looked at. Anyone had any dealing with either? Both seem reliable, probably more so than the high street!

    Yes

    ajay87

    + there are a few online jewellers which i'm looking at, seem to get a … + there are a few online jewellers which i'm looking at, seem to get a hell of a lot more for your money. Blue Nile, and The Diamond store are two which i've looked at. Anyone had any dealing with either? Both seem reliable, probably more so than the high street!



    If you can get to Hatton Garden in London you'll get a good deal.

    Original Poster

    choc1969

    If you can get to Hatton Garden in London you'll get a good deal.



    Cheers. Was going to buy it and propose but the more i look the more i think a trip shopping for a proper ring together may be better!
    Edited by: "ajay87" 1st Jan 2010

    Hatton Garden is amazing for custom work. You'll save a fortune AND get exactly what you want.

    As for carat size, I think it depends on the finger/hand size. Go for one that's too big and it will look awful and people will think it's fake.

    Good luck!

    Don't skimp on the diamond, not only is it a sign of your love its sort like an investment, its one of those things you look back to in the future and wish you could go back and do properly.

    By all means get a good deal but don't compromise on the quality of the stone

    skellysgirl

    Don't skimp on the diamond, not only is it a sign of your love its sort … Don't skimp on the diamond, not only is it a sign of your love its sort like an investment, its one of those things you look back to in the future and wish you could go back and do properly.By all means get a good deal but don't compromise on the quality of the stone



    depends if you get divorced a few years later or not:D

    5 C's are important in buying diamonds.... Colour, Carat, Clarity, Cut and another one!

    cheque book ready is the other lol

    All grades of diamond appart from the I1-I2-I3 are perfect to the human eye. Save the money and put it towards the cost of the wedding maybe an extra special trip to propose to her, the cost of the thing shouldn't be important. The only reason for a better diamond is a higher resale price!

    It doesn't even have to be the diamond which is the centre of focus. Theres nothing wrong with a cluster ring with a different centre stone (Kate Middleton) This type of ring can incorporate your dearests favorite stone/colour and still have a modicum of diamonds surrounding it, however you will find that this will be easier on the pocket as 12 smaller diamonds making up a karat will be far less expensive than a 1karat diamond. My dad gave my mum a lovely ruby and diamond engagement ring, the ruby was heart cut and it had 2 1/4 karat diamonds either side and it is beautiful and everyone comments her on it. Now that said I don't know how much it cost but it is far prettier than any plain band with a stone on top, if you ask me.

    The Hatton Garden suggestion is a good one as well, you can pick your own stone/s but if thats not an option I'd say to at least avoid the high street shops like Goldsmiths and Browns and find a good local jeweller in your area. It will be far more personal and without all the overheads the big shops have you will get a better deal and be supporting your local community.

    Good luck!

    Having just gone through this in the last month and spoken to just about every jeweler in Argyll Arcade in Glasgow, VS1/S1 you will not be able to see with the naked eye VS2 if the jeweler is any good any imperfection that may be visible will be hidden by claws, diamond positioning etc. I would stress its pretty important to view the ring in the shop, you have a much better idea of how it would look on your future wife's finger.

    Also if possible avoid the high street jewelers as they tend to be less inclined to hand pick diamonds etc . But obviously budget may dictate otherwise.

    Whatever you decide she will love - the size of the diamond is not what is important, it is the thought and meaning behind it. Quite frankly if she turns round and complains that the diamond isn't bling enough etc she probably isn't the one.

    To be honest I'd want to choose my own engagement ring with my future husband, I'll be wearing it for the rest of my life and will want something perfect, and not a compromise with something he thought was perfect but was only 75% there, or not quite the right size.

    Make the proposal extra special and get a nice looking fake ring with the promise of a shopping trip - maybe you could make a dirty weekend out of it away somewhere - and choose something together.

    Oh, and good luck!

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    cbryanp

    Whatever you decide she will love - the size of the diamond is not what … Whatever you decide she will love - the size of the diamond is not what is important, it is the thought and meaning behind it. Quite frankly if she turns round and complains that the diamond isn't bling enough etc she probably isn't the one.



    Well said. Thanks for the advise.

    Original Poster

    sickly sweet

    Oh, and good luck!



    THanks. I think i will do that, seems to be the best plan :-)
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