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Buying my Diamond Ring with James Allen

In this article I would like to write about my experiences with the diamond vendor James Allen.

First, I would like to show you what the diamond ring of my fiancé actually looks like:

James Allen engagement ringAs you can see I went for a princess cut diamond! The reason why I did that is because my fiancé once told me that she really likes princess cut diamonds. They are very modern and special.

When I did a little bit more of diamond research I quickly found out that princess cut diamonds also have the best price per carat! This was a huge plus for me because I am in general someone who always tries to look for the best price.

I also discovered that the princess cut diamond has nearly the same quality of light performance as a round cut diamond would have!

What I liked about James Allen

What I liked particularly about James Allen is the fact that you can directly see all the diamonds when you are browsing through them.

Princess cut diamonds at James AllenI came to the conclusion that this has one particular advantage: Princess cut diamonds have a lot of variety in their light performance. You can see that by just looking at the different black areas of all the princess cut diamonds above! By viewing all diamonds I was quickly able to eradicate those with the more pronounced dark areas.

As far as my research has shown me James Allen has the best functionality when it comes to viewing diamonds from all sites.

My further research on diamond color has shown me that the I should choose a diamond color in the G to I color range for a white gold ring setting.

This is why I actually decided to go for an H colored diamond. As you could see on the picture above it still looks gorgeous!

I liked the ease with which I could assemble my ring and then also have a look at other rings with the exact same attributes as mine:

Example of your chosen diamond on a specific ring setting

James Allen takes 360 degree videos of every diamond ring that they sell! This way you get a pretty good idea whether a specific diamond color will look good on a certain ring metal!

Using this feature helped me a lot in my search!

The package

What I liked as well was the quality of the package!

It took around 11 days for the entire ring to arrive after ordering. I thought that this was a bit long but then again the diamond had to be mounted individually on the ring setting and stuff. So I guess that this is a result that is to be expected.

When my package arrived it looked like that:

James Allen Package and Ring

Of course, there is also a GIA grading report that accompanies your diamond!

You can find more information about James Allen on the internet and I would definitely recommend that you learn more about diamond grading before actually making the purchase.

Another thing that gave me the peace of mind to proceed with the purchase was my knowing that James Allen has a full 30-days money back guarantee.

It turned out that I did not need that guarantee because I thought that the ring turned out great. But it is good to know that you can just send the ring back free of charge and exchange it to another ring or get your money back if you decide to do so!

All in all I don’t  regret my purchase with James Allen.

But before you get into the nitty gritty details I would definitely recommend every one of you to read as much about diamonds as possible to make the really best decision! Don’t get confused about celebrities and their diamonds. It might be true that people like Kristen Stewart, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston and Hayden Panettiere get all the D colored IF diamonds. This does not mean that this is not a waste of money, however! You can be smarter than that and instead reinvest the money in a better cut and more carat weight.

To stay updated on diamonds check out this interesting Twitter profile!

How much carat weight to choose for a diamond?

Diamond Carat Weight Is One Qualification Of Diamond Buying

When you purchase a diamond, typically in jewelry form, you are making an investment. Diamonds are considered to be some of the most valuable items you can buy. They are popular with everyone, from celebrities to everyday people.

Because of the value of diamonds, it’s important for you to educate yourself on what diamonds are and what to look for before you purchase diamonds. If you don’t know what to look for, you could find yourself with diamonds that are fake or that are not that high in quality. Follow these tips before buying a diamond.

1. Understand the 4 C’s of Diamond Buying

Before you buy a diamond, you should know the basics of a diamond. That would be the 4 C’s – the cut, the clarity, the color, and the diamond carat weight.

The Diamond 4Cs and beyond

The cut of a diamond is its proportions. A properly cut diamond will shine with the most brilliance, especially when it is out in the light. The color is another factor, and the best diamonds have no color at all. The clarity of a diamond determines how many flaws it has that take away from hits brilliance. Are there marks on the diamond? Is it cut in a way that takes away from its natural brilliance. Finally, the diamond carat weight is the weight of the diamond measured in carats.

2. Know The Shape You Desire

If you are buying a diamond ring, they come in a variety of shapes. Know what shape you want before you go shopping. The most common diamond shapes are: round, princess, oval, heart, marquise, and princess, among others. A diamond salesperson will help you decide on a shape if you can’t decide. For example, he or she can help you decide on the best shape for an engagement ring.

3. Make Sure the Salesperson Is Qualified

Sales Rep at a Diamond StoreThe one thing you never want to do is to buy a diamond from an unqualified seller. Check to see that you’re working with a registered jewelry. This is a person who has taken the necessary coursework and has also taken the necessary exams to make him or her qualified.

Buying diamonds from such a person assure you that the individual you’re working with can answer all of your questions legitimately and is qualified to do so.

One of the best things you can do is to ask whether the person in charge has a GIA diploma!

4. Never Buy A Treated Diamond

If you are interested in genuine diamonds that are valuable without enhancements, never buy a treated diamond. A treated diamond is enhanced for color and clarity, and they appear more valuable than they truly are.

It is important that you work with a reputable seller to avoid buying treated diamonds. The investment that you make is important for diamonds.

5. Don’t Settle for the First Diamond You See

There are a multitude of outfits selling diamonds and diamond jewelry. Shop around. The seller that sells the most varied diamonds for the best price is the best choice for diamonds.

However, chances are you won’t find the best seller right away. In addition, you want to avoid any seller who is suspected of selling fake diamonds or low-quality diamonds promoted as high quality. Comparison shopping is your best bet for finding the best deal on diamonds.

6. Make Sure Your Diamond Has a Warranty

If the diamond you’re purchasing is genuine, a qualified salesperson will give you a warranty, assuring you that your diamond is real.

It’s value, cut, clarity, color, and carat weight will all be listed on the warranty and certificate. You would then keep the certificate in a safe place as part of your records,

7. Get your diamond jewelry sized if needed.

Incorrectly sized jewelry may slip and move and may cause you to lose it. Therefore, immediately after you purchase diamond jewelry, get it sized for a proper fit if needed. This is normally not a free service. Therefore, be prepared to pay the necessary fee.

Diamond shopping can be an exciting proposition, but you’ll need to do it right to get the most out of the experience. Follow the 4 C’s for diamond shopping, in addition, follow the other tips in this article to find the best diamond jewelry for your budget.