How To Pick A Solitaire
October 9, 2012 8 Comments
Follow the steps below to zero in in the best solitaire for your budget
- First, identify the diamond shape you want from here. The most popular are round and princess cut.The round/brilliant cut never goes out of style and masks most deficiencies.
- Next decide the minimum carat weight acceptable.
- Start with the highest quality diamond of the shape and carat weight minimum you identified in steps 1 and 2, and begin making concessions in the following order until you arrive at a diamond that fits your budget:
- First, lower the Clarity.Go as low as VS2 before making concessions in other areas.
- Next, lower the Color. Go as low as H before making concessions in other areas.
- Finally, lower the Cut. Go as low as Very Good in round diamonds, and Good in fancy shapes before making concessions in other areas.
- If the diamonds that match your revised criteria are close to your budget, consider shaving off some carat weight in order to close the gap. A carat weight difference of 10% or less will be very difficult to detect visually.
- If after following the steps above, you are still outside your budget, repeat the process with new thresholds:
- First, further reduce Clarity. Go as low as SI1.
- Next, reduce Color. Go as low as J. If you know the diamond will be set in yellow gold, you could safely drop to K.
- Finally, reduce the Cut. Go as low as Good in round diamonds, and Fair in fancy shapes.
- At this point, if you are still outside your budget, your next step will depend on your individual preferences and needs.
- If the diamond you seek is under one carat, you could consider a drop to SI2 clarity.
- If the diamond is both a brilliant cut and under 1.50 carats, an L-M color may be perfectly acceptable when set in yellow gold.
- If size is the primary consideration, you could consider a Fair cut round or fancy shape.
- If you are still well outside your budget, you may need to consider increasing your budget or reducing your minimum carat weight target.