Best Engagement Ring Prices
Engagement Ring: How can I make
sure I get the best diamond price?
Select a Good Dealer
BY FAR the most important thing you can do to
make sure you get a deal is to find a good dealer. No matter what you learn, you will
never learn enough to protect yourself from an unscrupulous dealer. It took me years to learn
what I know, and I still need a dozen instruments and proper lighting to accurately grade a
The answer? I spent months testing and rating the top
24 jewelers and only
2 online dealers
received my perfect score. I spent months again carefully
best local jewelers
in each area of the country to make it easy for you to shop with
confidence and get a great deal.
Look at more than one store or Web site. Certainly check with
the local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any outstanding
complaints. (More on how
to select a good dealer.)
You might also check with friends who bought a diamond to hear
about dealers they liked. Take these simple security precautions to avoid paying too much or
not getting what you want.
Know the 4 Cs of
The more you
know about the 4
Cs of diamond quality,
the better you will be prepared to assess a dealer and the price
Where to find good diamond
months researching and organizing our diamond knowledge on this site. Plus, our knowledge ansd services
are completely unbiased. We don't sell diamonds or take referral
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We have listed
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it easy, fast and fun to make an intelligent diamond purchase.
Go Beyond the 4 Cs
What you don't
know will cost you when it comes to diamond pricing. Please use
to Read a Certificate
report and be sure to follow the easy steps in our Diamond Pricing Tutorial to avoid making mistakes. If
you do not make adjustments for the 13 major factors, you can
easily pay up to 30% more than you should for your diamond. Easier
yet, use our Dealer Ratings Report for the quickest way to find
the best dealer and then the diamond you want at the best possible price.
Decide Exactly What
The next step
is to decide what you want. Go here for help in deciding
on the size and quality
of a diamond that is best for your unique needs and tastes. Don't
settle for whatever a dealer has in stock -- use the information
you have learned about the 4 Cs to decide what you want.
Then hunt for a diamond that fits your unique needs. You can
almost always find what you want if you are willing to hunt for
Learn the Rapaport
Never buy a
diamond without knowing the price listed for that stone on the
-- the price list used by diamond dealers all over the world.
Caution: The 4 Cs and the Rapaport price list is not enough to
price a diamond accurately. Our Diamond Pricing Tutorial will teach you all the tricks to using the huge online databases to include
all 22 diamond price factors and find out the best possible price
for your diamond.
Get a Grading Certificate
on a grading
from a respected, independent gem laboratory (we only recommend
GIA, AGS or EGL). You should also arrange for a local, respected,
independent appraiser to make sure the diamond you receive actually
matches the certificate.
Knowledge is Power
and calculators in our Five
Easy Steps make
it easy to be accurate because they do all the hard work for