Thanks for your amazingly clear Guide to Diamond Pricing page. I have been in the market for a diamond for 2 months and this is the first page I came across that gave me the information I actually needed to make a decision!
I have saved up and have about $3000 to spend on a diamond. My girlfriend is not particular about shape – what would you recommend I go with?
Great to hear that the site was helpful!
With a $3,000 budget (I am assuming this is just for the diamond) you would be looking at a round diamond in the 0.80 range and H SI1/SI2 clarity grade. Here is a link to a nice stone I found:
Since you mentioned that your girlfriend is not set on a specific shape you can get a larger diamond in a Pear shape within your budget:
I generally try and shy away from diamonds that are exactly 1.00 carat because you are paying a premium for hitting the 1.00 carat mark but in this case the price difference between this and a 0.96 G color was insignificant.
Thanks. They both look like beautiful diamonds – which do you recommend?
MR – As you said they are both really nice ones. I actually think the round diamond is a great find. I know its smaller but it has a really nice cut and I think will look great.
Is the round diamond eye clean? I see it’s an SI2 clarity.
Yes- This is an SI2 clarity but it is eye clean. That is partly what makes it a real find. You are paying a great price for an all around great looking diamond. (look at my diamond clarity chart page for more on this…)