11 Tips To Purchase Affordable Solitaire Diamond Engagement Rings

OCTOBER 1, 2019By: Century Diamonds

An engagement ring is one of the most special purchases of someone’s life. It wouldn’t be an easy purchase though if you have already decided about the designs of the ring. Additionally, your budget is the most important thing that will confine your purchase. Of course, you don’t want to break your bank account on the ring. So here are some tips that will help you to choose the best solitaire diamond engagement ringwithout compromising the designs as well as money.

Factors To Be Considered To Purchase Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings 

Do you know that several factors affect the cost of diamond engagement rings? These will be color, cut, setting, clarity, weight, etc. You can save your money and still purchase a beautiful piece of diamond engagement ring by considering the following factors. Whether you want to buy a round diamond solitaire engagement ring or solitaire engagement ringwith a diamond band, you can save a lot with these tips. Let's see how….

  1. Cut Of The Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring Reserves A High Priority

Various types of cuts are available to choose from such as Round, Princess, Marquise, Pear, Emerald, etc. You could choose anyone from these, but you can save a lot of money by strategically selecting a cut. For instance, round-cut is the most popular and least expensive. Additionally, it appears bigger and sparkles more. Whereas, a princess cut ring would be a little more expensive than a round cut ring because of its intricate design. However, it looks smaller and has less sparkle. If you choose other cuts, the cost will rise.

  1. Clarity Of The Diamond Also Decides The Cost Of The Ring

Clarity is a characteristic that defines the imperfections in a diamond. It can be of two types Blemishes (imperfections on the surface) and inclusion (internal flaws). Diamonds with very few inclusions will have the highest clarity. 

Clarity is measured on a scale of FL, IF, VVS, VS, SI, and I. FL-IF denote the flawless and expensive diamonds. While VS and SI may have slight blemishes or flaws, they are the most popular. Inclusions in VS cannot be seen with naked eyes, whereas you might see inclusions in SI.

So, if you are trying to be budget conscience we suggest you go with VS or SI. However, keep in mind that inclusions will increase with the size of the diamond. Therefore, you should be strategic with the size while choosing the clarity for a diamond.

  1. Make A Slight Change In Carat

The weight of a center diamond is something that everyone wants to be big, and the cost will increase with size. Here is a trick that will help to save your money while purchasing solitaire diamond rings. The slight change in carat will not make your solitaire size too small you can hardly find the difference in size with the naked eye.

Suppose you choose a 1.10-carat size diamond which is round in shape with color F and has flawless clarity. Then Century Diamonds engagement ring will cost you almost $9144 (At the time of writing) with a gold metal band of 14-carat. However, if you choose 1.00-carat instead of 1.10, you will instead pay $7580 (At the time of writing). In this way, you can save almost $1500 with a slight change in carat and without making your ring too small. 

  1. Choose Color Wisely

After making a decision on the cut you can save a lot with a smart decision on the color selection for the solitaire diamond ring. A color emerges in a diamond because of some chemical impurities and structural flaws. This is a reason why colorless diamond is rare and expensive. The color of the diamond is measured on a scale of D-Z. D represents the colorless and more expensive diamonds, whereas cheaper diamonds are S-Z. So, if you maintain a balance in color selection, you can save a large amount of money on your purchase. We suggest with E-F for a colorless and cost-effective diamond. However, if you don’t mind having a pinch of yellow color in your diamond, you can go with G-H. 

  1. Certification Is Also Important 

Before purchasing your ring, you should check out the necessary certification. We recommend you to consider a certified outlet as it will give you an assured quality. In comparison to the GIA, GGS has similar standards to that of EGL and is significantly cheaper than GIA.

  1. Types Of Band Metal Cannot Be Neglected

The type of metal band can also add to the cost of the ring. For instance, a platinum metal band will be more costly as compared to gold. The only reason you should choose platinum is if you or the person wearing the ring has allergies to white gold. Otherwise, you can save money with gold.

14k gold would be more cost-effective than 10k and 18k. 10k gold is not recommended, though it would be cheaper, it will tarnish easily and require more maintenance that will eventually cost you more.

  1. Save With Simple, Yet Elegant Band Style

The design of a metal band also affects the cost of a diamond ring. A simple band not only symbolizes elegance but it also saves your money. A more intricate design requires more metal, time, and effort to craft and thus maximize its price. Likewise, a band with side diamonds could also be an option, but it will cost you much more.

  1. Fancy Setting Would Cost More

Along with a solitaire diamond style and metal type, the setting also plays a significant role in the beauty of the ring. Century Diamonds offers you a wide variety of settings such as trellis, cathedral, classic, twist infinity, tension, bezel, criss-cross, prongs (3,4, & 6 prongs), halo, and many more. 

Every setting has its own beauty and advantage. Instance, a prong setting is mainly focused on reducing the surrounding metal of center diamond to maximize light exposure. Bezel Setting creates a rim or collar around the diamond. The rule of thumb is that thicker settings are more intricate in a setting, hence it is more expensive. So, you can keep it simple to save money.

  1. Cluster Diamond Engagement Ring Vs Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

A small diamond will indeed cost you much less than a big solitaire. So the cluster diamond ring will cost you less, and it looks incredible too. A simple diamond solitaire ring is more popular and more costly. Cluster Diamond Rings give an illusion of a single diamond ring. So, you can think about this option, if you have a tight budget.

  1. Financing Will Help You To Remove The Sudden Burden

If you are not able to pay for the entire engagement ring, outright Century Diamonds offers you financing through Affirm. You can make your payment over a certain period of time while getting the ring immediately.

  1. Shop Online

You must explore every option before buying diamond jewelry. But online shopping might provide you easy exchange and return policies along with free shipping and more discount. For example, Century Diamonds offers you a clearance sale offer along with a big offer on Black Friday, in addition to a lifetime upgrade policy.

Grab more offers and discounts on engagement rings and other diamond jewelry at Century Diamonds.

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