Choosing an Engagement Ring- Part one

This is guide is set out to assist you in choosing an engagement ring.  Layed out as a comparison of diamond size, budget and a selection of channels where you may purchase the engagement ring of your choice. Reviewing traditional high street ‘bricks and mortar’ jewellery retailers in major cities in the United Kingdom and a variety of local and international online e-tailers.

DIAMOND EYE shall assess the 2mm 18ct gold classic solitaire round brilliant diamond engagement ring in three diamond carat weights – a 0.25ct diamond; 0.50ct diamond and a 1ct diamond.

As diamonds are not all created equal. Diamond colour, clarity, carat and cut – the 4 C’s of diamonds effect the price. In my experience, I deem diamonds of  G-H colour to be of good value, comparatively white, bright and lively. Diamonds of  SI1 – S12 clarity are also of great quality-  inclusions in the diamond do not affect the beauty of the diamond. A perfect medium. A good quality diamond exhibiting beauty and brilliance.

 

 

SAVER

025ct Diamond

An 18ct 0.25ct Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring.

NATIONAL MULTIPLE  JEWELLERY SHOPS

Goldsmiths – £650 Diamond quality H colour; SI2 clarity

Beaverbrooks – £1400 (Sale £995) Diamond quality G colour; SI1 clarity

Fraser Hart- £999 (Average) Diamond colour and clarity not stated, unless certificated

Chisholm Hunter- £995  (sale £695) – Diamond quality G-H colour; SI1 clarity 

H Samuel- £899 (Sale £599) Diamond colour and clarity not stated

JEWELLERY E-TAILERS (ONLINE)

Based on diamond quality H colour; SI1 clarity

Blue Nile – £606  Accompanied with GIA certificate

77 Diamonds – £692 Accompanied with GIA certificate

Amazon- £554  Accompanied with IGI certificate

James Allen – £685 – Accompanied with GIA certificate

VERDICT: Buying online is seemingly the most cost effective way to get a good quality diamond. However, if lo you are desire human interaction and looking to buy from one of the multiple jewellery stores, timing the purchase of the engagement ring at the time is key to getting more diamond value for your money. Special offers and sales usually occur after right Christmas and April -May.

Tip ♦ Diamonds of 0.20ct – 0.29ct weight are usually of a similar price to 0.25ct.

BUDGET

   0.50ct DiamondAn 18ct 0.50ct Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring.

NATIONAL MULTIPLE  JEWELLERY SHOPS

Goldsmiths: £1350 Diamond colour and clarity not stated.

Beaverbrooks: £3250 Diamond quality G colour; SI1 clarity

Fraser Hart: £1499 Diamond colour and clarity not stated

Chisholm Hunter- £2250 (Sale £1495- £1795)   Diamond quality G-H colour; SI1 clarity

H Samuel: £1799 – (Sale £899) Diamond colour and clarity not stated

JEWELLERY E-TAILERS (ONLINE)

Based on diamond quality H colour; SI1 clarity

Blue Nile : £1205 – Accompanied with a GIA certificate.

77 Diamonds: £1365 – Accompanied with a GIA certificate

Amazon- £1388 – Accompanied with an IGI certificate

James Allen- £1744 – Accompanied with a GIA certificate

VERDICT:  Again, buying online is seemingly the most cost effective way to get a good quality diamond and choose the diamond grade to suit your budget. The multiple stores which do not state the diamond quality -are assumed to be offering I-K colour diamonds – diamonds are not as white, exhibiting traces of a yellow tint and P1-P2 clarity- inclusions are visible to the human eye and can possibly affect the beauty and durability of the diamond.

Tip ♦ Diamonds G-H colour and  Si1 & S12 clarity are usually good value for money. White and brillant, with no inclusions visible to the human eye.

LUXURY

1ct Diamond TF

An 18ct 1ct Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

NATIONAL MULTIPLE  JEWELLERY SHOPS

Goldsmiths: £4500 Diamond  colour and clarity not stated 

Beaverbrooks: £8950 Diamond  I colour; VSI clarity 

Fraser Hart: £4250 This multiple does not clearly state the diamond colour and clarity. However under the diamond buying guide, it is stated that they deem I- J colour diamonds value for money, therefore we are to assume diamonds are of that grade.

Chisholm Hunter: £4995 Diamond  colour and clarity not stated 

H Samuel£4499-£6299  Diamond I colour (below average);  P1 clarity- inclusions visible to the human eye.

JEWELLERY E-TAILERS (ONLINE)

Based on diamond quality H colour; SI1 clarity

Blue Nile£3580 The online jewellery retailer has a unique shopping experience, as you can  choose your the type of metal, type of diamond shape, size, colour and clarity. The online platform is well suited for online shopping experience.

77 Diamonds £4,045 (Approx)  Accompanied with a GIA certificate

Amazon – £2814   Accompanied with an IGI certificate

James Allen –£3511  Accompanied with GIA certificate

 VERDICT: Buying online is seemingly the most cost effective way to get a good quality diamond. You may choose you own setting,pick a diamond from a large database to suit your budget and a diamond laboratory you deem most credible.

 However, if you are looking to buy from one of the multiple jewellery stores, timing the purchase is key in getting more diamond value for your money. Special offers and sales usually occur after Christmas period and April – May.

Tip ♦ Diamonds just below the exact 1ct weight cost significantly less. Diamond weights of 0.90ct-0.99ct may have a similar visual effect to a 1ct diamond.  

 

 

PERSONAL SHOPPING

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We offer a consultancy service for the purchase of engagement ring , bridal jewellery styling and personal jewellery gift shopping for anniversary and special occasions. As a gemmologist and jewellery specialist, I source diamonds and coloured gemstones direct from suppliers. And work with the leading jewellery to manufactures to produce world class jewellery.

Jewellery Watches – Cocktail Watches

FROM MY DIAMOND EYE, these are some of the best jewellery watches. Made by the leading jewellery houses and horology specialists. Defined by great craftsmanship – measured to be magnificent jewels to be worn and treasured for generations. This collection of jewellery watches embodies classicism with tones of modernity, elegant femininity and exceptional artistry. Who says utilitarianism cannot be beauteous!

 

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David Morris – The Colombian emerald and diamond watch is a wonder. A splendour of 22.27ct emerald cabochon married with 15.52ct of crisp white diamonds with no metal in sight, is truly a magnificent jewel.

 

Pagiet - white gold diamond

Piaget- Limelight watch with design notes of early 20th century. A simple dial within a sweeping marquise-cut diamond leaf motif surround on a textured bracelet is elegant and timeless.


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Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Cordonnet Deatto  geometric pave-set diamond watch is reminiscent of Art Deco aesthetic. Of manual movement, the dial set with lapis lazuli surrounded by a galaxy of diamonds occupying the entire case and bracelet is an exquisite jewel piece.

 

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Graff Leaf – An exceptional diamond and sapphire jewellery watch. “The most exceptional jewels of the world” -Graff

 

 

Floral Graff

Graff – Floral Graff The mosaic floral blossom of mother-of-pearl radial dial, diamonds and cabochon ruby marquetry is an absolute testament to great craftsmanship.

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Omega De Ville Ladymatic 18ct gold rose gold with diamond numbers on a mother-of-pearl dial within a peppered  pave-set diamond bezel and a bracelet inter-fused with a dynamic arrangement of pearls and diamonds is an unexpected delight from Omega.

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Van Cleef and Arpels-  Alhambra Bracelet watch. The mother-of-Pearl Alhambra is one of my favourite design motifs. It embodies an instant vintage modern style.

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Paiget Limelight Garden Party Collection

Of foilate design, the 18ct gold case with pavé-set diamond dial, brilliant-cut diamond bezel within a marquise-cut diamond  & ‘cognac’ diamond spray. The softer hues make it a good alternative to complement day dress, however it can easily translate to evening dress accessory on warm summer nights.

The second, of similar design is set in 18ct gold white gold with ten marquise-shape emeralds of exquisite colour and tone, interspersed with graduating white brilliant-cut diamond. One to complement evening dress.