Decided to buy diamond and setting separately? Pros and Cons
By Magen Roccaforte , Tuesday, November 06, 2012
There are many aspects to consider when shopping for an engagement ring. One of those is the decision of whether or not to buy your diamond and setting separately. What are the advantages of buying the diamond separate from the setting? What are the disadvantages? What will be the deciding factor for you? After all, this is going to be both an important and sentimental purchase that deserves serious consideration. And your intended will appreciate the thought and effort you’ve put into her ring, which will be worn every day as a reminder of your commitment.
The primary reason most people want to buy the diamond and ring separately is to be able pick out a diamond that fits specific criteria. For instance if you are interested in a certified Hearts and Arrows diamond with top light performance, you are not likely to find that in a ready made ring. Not only will you choose the shape of your diamond, but you will control the carat, color, clarity and especially the cut quality that you desire in your special diamond. Furthermore, purchasing your setting separate from your stone enables you to choose, or even design, your dream setting. It could be that you are looking for a specific designer engagement ring such as a Verragio or Ritani design. By choosing to buy the diamond and setting individually, you get the best of both worlds and the possibilities are truly infinite.
“After about 5 years of dating I decided I was finally ready (both personally and financially) to propose to my girlfriend. Being a scientist, I decided to fully research the diamond buying process and looked into the specs of the diamond for the ring I wanted. I had narrowed it down to a few loose diamonds and I have to say that Whiteflash stood out among the rest. Not only did they carry the diamond I wanted (AGS 0, no visible inclusions, etc.), it was significantly cheaper than others and was easy to examine on their website (close-up pics, idealscope pics, pictures of its AGS certificate, etc.). After I chose the stone, the staff was very friendly in helping me choose settings (which were wonderfully crafted), send the payment over, and coordinate shipping … I will definitely stick with them for any diamond jewelry I decide to purchase in the future.”
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Of course, there are a few drawbacks to buying diamond and settings separately. It is more complicated. For some people, the thought of the additional decisions involved can be overwhelming. They may be more comfortable trying on completed rings until they find one that looks good on them and making their decision in a one-step kind of way. Also, choosing to buy diamond and setting separately is more time consuming. If you are in a time crunch, buying a preset engagement ring may be a better option for you.
“I had a wonderful experience buying my wife's engagement ring online through Whiteflash.com. Buying online can be intimating, but Whiteflash did an amazing job easing my fears … Their website allowed me to easily narrow down the diamond I wanted and the setting that I wanted … I could not have made a better choice and decision than buying a high quality diamond and professional setting online from Whiteflash.”
After weighing the pros and cons the decision is ultimately up to you. Depending on a number of factors, including your personality, buying diamond and settings separately could be an opportunity for you to create the engagement ring of your dreams. Or it could be a stressful and time consuming process that you opt to avoid by selecting a completed ring out of the showcase. Whatever you decide, the end result will be a symbol of your love and affection that will be truly treasured.
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