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How To Pick A Solitaire


wealthymatters.comFollow the steps below to zero in in the best solitaire for your budget

  1. 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.
  2. Next decide the minimum carat weight acceptable.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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8 Responses to How To Pick A Solitaire

  1. TheDiamond says:

    Start searching diamonds of the highest quality that show perfect shape, size and color. Pick the best store that offers some concessions in their solitaire range that suits your budget. If size is the primary consideration, then it will be a better option for you to select canary diamonds or yellow diamonds.

    A reputed store that operates in integrity and ethics would give you exact details of different cuts, shapes, grades and values placed on every diamond in existence. No diamond is specific to any brand any more than a jewelry store can brand gold. An example of such a store is thediamond.com – I recommend you look at their canary diamond solitaire collection.

    • I’m not certain that fancy diamonds are good investments for everyone.

  2. mohit says:

    How about cent2carat.com?

    • I have not had any occasion to deal with the company in question.So no comments.In fact it is the first time I have heard of the website.I might give the website a try if I were to get a good deal via some promotions etc.

  3. love the emerald cut and the long (is it) banquette? cut

    • keerthikasingaravel says:

      The Baguette like the French bread

      • on thehomefrontandbeyond says:

        ah–I wasn’t sure-thank you

      • keerthikasingaravel says:

        You’re welcome

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