How to Buy a Diamond Wedding Ring Set Online
So you’ll saved up to buy that perfect wedding ring set but don’t know where to get the best deal. You may have heard about your friends buying wedding sets online but don’t know what the best deals are or which diamond to choose for her ring. Well we have you covered, so take notes as we lay out what you need to know before buying a bridal set online.
So what are the basics? What answers do you need before you start shopping? Well, you should know her preferences of what kind of diamond (i.e. princess cut, round cut, cushion cut, etc.), type of setting, and type of metal (i.e. gold, white gold, platinum, etc.). Consider the design of other jewelry she loves and ask her family and friends what they think she will like if it is going to be a surprise. If not, then ask her these questions directly and make sure you take notes, so when you are shopping you remember all of her likes and dislikes. Getting these details is the first step in your search for the perfect ring.
The Next Step
Now we must determine what we want with regard to the 4 C’s; Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat size. Each one of these affects the price of your diamond wedding set, so you must know the facts to get the most ring for your hard-earned dollars.
Let’s start with color. Color of diamonds are given letter grades and diamonds come naturally in many colors. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) rates the body color in white diamonds from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). Most economical wedding sets are purchased with grades in the near colorless grades (G, H, I or J).
Next is the cut. Each diamond, regardless of its shape, gets it brilliance by cutting and polishing the diamond facets to allow the maximum amount of light that enters through its top to be reflected and dispersed back through its top. Many of the most popular cuts for wedding rings are princess cut, round cut and cushion cuts. Find out which she likes the best and go with that cut.
Next we’ll focus on clarity. The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount of flaws in the diamond when viewed under 10 times magnification. GIA rates clarity grades in diamonds from Flawless to Imperfect. Most diamonds contain very tiny imperfections known as "inclusions." An inclusion can interfere with the light passing through the diamond. Since these ratings are given when diamonds are viewed under magnification, saving money with lower clarity is very popular. VVS, VS and SI ratings are popular for wedding sets, with SI allowing you to save the most money without and real noticeable difference.
Lastly, the carat weight of the stone. Many women prefer at least a 1 carat center stone and possibly other diamonds surrounding the wedding ring. The larger the carat weight of a diamond, the bigger it is and the rarer it is, which leads to increased value and price.
The Final Step
Now that you know her preferences and what you are targeting for the 4 C’s, it’s time to find the best deal. This is where PrimeStyle is a great resource. PrimeStyle is a wholesale diamond ring dealer, which means they receive diamonds in bulk and can pass their cost savings on to you. Instead of paying retail price at a local jeweler, you can save up to 70% or more when buying from a diamond wholesaler. So take a look at our wedding sets and save enough money for an upgraded honeymoon.