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Does $2000 – $2500 buy a good engagement ring?

Oct 30

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Does $2000 buy a good engagement ring?

Hi Danny, I’m a college student with a limited budget of about $2,000 to spend on an engagement ring… can I get a good engagement ring for that price? I heard a radio advertisement a local jewelry store promoting one carat diamond rings for $1,995.00 but the inclusions were really visible and the diamonds all had kind of a yellow-green hue to them, I don’t want anything like that… so obviously I don’t expect to be able to buy a nice one carat diamond for my price range, but can I buy a good engagement ring for that price? I realize that my budget is probably significantly less than you are accustomed to working with, but I am really looking forward to any recommendations and advice that you are able to provide. – Terry P.

I’ve seen a few of those $1,995.00 one carat diamond rings in the past Terry and you’re right, they’re pretty scary… in the diamond industry, we refer to the clarity of those diamonds as “dead” and joke that they look as if they have been stored near nuclear waste because of the lime-green color. I believe that they are intended primarily as a lost leader of sorts, designed to bring people into retail jewelry stores under the impression that they can buy a nice one carat diamond for less than $2,000.00 but as you’ve noticed, that is not really the case.

However this does not mean that you cannot buy a good engagement ring for $2000, merely that you have to consider diamonds with different characteristics within that price range, the first thing that I would recommend is to consider diamonds in a lower carat weight, because the carat weight of a diamond will have a major impact upon its price, and the price increases substantially as you get closer to the 1.00 carat mark.

Diamond engagement rings under $2000

With the understanding that any time any of us purchase anything, we are always working within a budget, I want you to know that the only consideration the amount of money that you have to spend on an engagement ring Terry, is the impact that it has upon the range of characteristics that we consider… Brian Gavin Diamonds carries an extensive inventory of diamonds in a broad range of carat weight, color and clarity, in hopes of being able to provide our customers with diamonds of exceptional cut quality and sparkle factor, regardless of the price range that they are working with.

One of the easiest ways to consider all of the options that are available within a specific budget is to incorporate our pre-selected engagement ring tool into your search and specify your budget of $2000 and select the metal type that you prefer. This method provided several viable options, the one I like the best features this 0.511 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature diamond set in a 14k yellow gold solitaire with a four prong white gold head. Of course, this is just an example of what is possible; there are many more choices available once you start digging through our diamond inventory.

Using the diamond search feature on the Brian Gavin web site, I found this 0.556 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Blue diamond with very strong blue fluorescence which is selling for about $200 less, because of the discount provided by the presence of the blue fluorescence. The neat thing about blue fluorescence in diamonds is that it acts kind of like white wash and it will help the diamond face up whiter than an I-color diamond without fluorescence would look in lighting scenarios where strong UV light is present, and it won’t really affect the diamond the rest of the time.

So as you can see, it is possible to buy a good engagement ring for $2000 and there are quite a few options available within the diamond inventory of Brian Gavin Diamonds, this post focused on only two of them, but there are many, many more diamonds to choose from within your desired price range.

Biggest and Best Engagement Ring for $2500

“I’m a college student on a budget, so I don’t have a lot of money to spend. I’m hoping that you can help me find the biggest, best e-ring for 2500. A friend of mine recently purchased his engagement ring from Brian Gavin. The diamond is the most spectacular that I’ve ever seen! He told me all about the cut quality of BGD Signature round diamonds, and how that produces the best light performance. I’m totally convinced, no need to sell me on that. But can I get a good quality engagement ring for 2.5K? We prefer not to see any inclusions within the diamond and would like it to face-up white. A simple solitaire engagement ring will suffice; we’d rather invest the majority of money into the diamond.”

Size is relative, but the sparkle factor is absolute:

biggest-best-e-ring-for-2500-brian-gavin-agsl-104087953006-medium-blue-fluorescenceThe reality about descriptive terms like “Biggest e-ring” and “Best e-ring” is that the exact meaning of those phrases is dependent upon our personal perception of what is best and what is biggest. Thus size is a relative concept, but I can assure you that the sparkle factor of Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds is absolutely spectacular. The nice thing is that you’ve witnessed the incredible sparkle factor of our diamonds with your very own eyes!

I think that this 0.557 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature Blue diamond is the perfect choice. The proportions of the diamond are right in the middle of the spectrum designated for the zero ideal cut proportions rating, this is going to deliver a high volume of light return and a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. The diamond also exhibits the highest degree of optical precision, which is going to make the sparkle factor even more spectacular. This diamond exhibits medium blue fluorescence, which is a total plus in my book, because it tends to make diamonds look brighter & whiter.

Plus, it’s just fun to play with under black light! Try it.

Hearts & Arrows diamond for $2500:

biggest-best-e-ring-for-2500-brian-gavin-hearts-arrows-10250106Admittedly, not everybody shares my appreciation for blue fluorescent diamonds. Some people are hesitant to buy a blue fluorescent diamond sight-unseen, due to rumors about the potential for blue fluorescence to make diamonds look milky or cloudy. In reality, fewer than 2% of gem quality diamonds are negatively influenced by the presence of blue fluorescence, according to a study conducted by the Gemological Institute of America. If you prefer a diamond without fluorescence, then I’d recommend this 0.547 carat, F-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond.

As you can see, it exhibits a stunning pattern of hearts and arrows due to the incredible optical precision. The reality is that all Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds exhibit this kind of precision, this is one of the things that Brian Gavin is known for throughout the industry.

For all intents and purposes, the light performance of these two diamonds is the same. They are both cut to the same range of proportions, and exhibit comparable levels of optical precision. The diamonds look equally impressive in both the ASET and Ideal Scope images.

Thus deciding which Brian Gavin Signature round diamond to purchase, is really a matter of personal preference as to whether you prefer SI-1 or VS-2 clarity, F-color or H-color, and blue fluorescence or negligible fluorescence. Regardless of which diamond you choose, the sparkle factor is going to be incredible, as you’ve already witnessed when you viewed your friend’s diamond.

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