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Wholesale Versus Retail Price for Loose Diamonds or Diamond Engagement Rings

Consumers nowadays are getting wiser looking for good deals like 50% Off, Buy 1 Get 1 Free or even $75 Off if purchase a minimum amount of $XXX. A portion of buyers chooses to simply go online shopping. And the other chunk of buyers would rather explore the diamond market and take the advantage of seeing the actual diamond for better deals on loose diamonds or diamond engagement rings. But getting an excellent deals requires that you need to understand and consider these two points: 1) Difference between wholesale and retail price of loose diamonds or engagement rings, and 2) The public benefit on the market today.

  

Buying from a Diamond Wholesaler

Wholesale price is said to be a sale of goods in big quantities for future resale.  However in the diamond and jewelry business, wholesale price pertains to buying diamond or jewelry NOT necessarily in large quantities but a single item at a much lower price as compared to the retail price. In most cases, wholesalers also extend the same nature and amount of services that retailers provide, and still where a consumer purchases diamond or jewelry at a cheaper (wholesale) price than the retail price. And there's a bonus: Diamond wholesalers also offer trade-ins where you can exchange your existing loose diamond or diamond engagement ring and upgrade it to a larger or higher value of stone or ring. Additional cost maybe required if the value of the diamond or diamond ring that you are trading in is lower than the price of the diamond or diamond ring you want to get. But of course, the bigger the diamond the better investment in the future!

 Buying from a Diamond Retailer

This is perfect for buyers who prefer going to shopping malls or some local jewelry stores to purchase loose diamonds or engagement rings without considering the price. But be aware that most retailers put 50-100% mark-up on top of the wholesale price. Buying from diamond retailer is good if you are only after with the quality of the diamond or the engagement ring and do not care about the price.  Since most retailers are popularized by commercial ads via televisions or radios that attracts most people to consider them as first option. It also important to say that retailers always include sales tax on every transaction they make. They usually magnify their promotion of high value of services such as professional customer service, legitimate return and exchange policies, flexible payment methods such as credit cards, deposits, layaways, including warranties and insurance in their services, which can also be provided by a wholesaler.

Wholesale Price versus Retail Price

Though consumers are looking for great deals for loose diamond or diamond engagement rings in the market, they still want to get the best quality with the best price possible.  Buyers are now smarter than those 30 years ago in terms of shopping loose diamond and engagement rings because retailers' mark up are so high that a buyer can actually buy another piece of diamond ring from a wholesaler.  According to consumer "it's 50/50 of shopper are now likely to spend cash to buy loose diamond or engagement ring in a wholesale store rather than going to retail store to buy same item with sales tax included.  Consumes are now getting wiser in terms of buying loose diamonds or engagement rings by comparing the price of the same diamond quality between stores of which wholesalers will always be the best choice!

   

WHAT IS THE APPRAISAL VALUE OF YOUR DIAMOND?

Most people would like to know the worth of their diamond but a diamond certificate such as GIA does not indicate any dollar value in its certificate. So let us see why, how and where we can we acquire an Appraisal.

 

WHAT ARE THE THREE MAJOR REASONS WHY AN APPRAISAL IS NECESSARY:

1) To make sure that a seller of a used diamond ring or diamond jewelry is getting a good deal.

The most common mistake of most sellers is that they think that they should get the same price of their used diamond ring or diamond jewelry as the appraised value. Note that an appraisal is an estimated value used for a specific purpose like for insurance.  Whereas the selling price of a used diamond jewelry is the secondary market value that varies depending on the condition of the piece; who you are selling it to; and the current market value of the diamond. Are you selling it as a diamond jewelry or just a scrap gold value? Are you dealing with a private buyer or a diamond dealer? Is the current market value for diamond and gold showing high or low? These factors are needed to be considered in selling a diamond ring or diamond jewelry.

 

You definitely want to dispose your valuable asset with a good return of investment, thus, knowing the difference between the Appraised Value and the Selling Price leads to a favorable deal. Appraisal whether free or not is available from most diamond dealers.

 

2) To make sure that a buyer for an unused diamond ring or diamond jewelry is purchasing a good deal.

In buying an unused diamond either loose or set in a ring, one must be aware of the difference between Appraisal Value versus Selling Price offered by a seller. A seller tends to offer a $30,000 worth of diamond ring for a $5,000 value only. This may look like a very tempting deal to a buyer especially when his or her knowledge about diamond pricing is limited. A buyer should take some precautions in such type of deal. He or she should know that a "Certified Appraisal" is totally different from a Diamond Certificate such as the one provided by GIA Laboratory where the grading of the diamond itself is exclusively shown in its certificate. Having an awareness of at least basic characteristics of a diamond such as carat size, cut, color and clarity is a big plus if you are buying for a good quality diamond that is priced fairly.

 

3) To obtain an insurance for a diamond engagement ring.

It is recommended to insure one's diamond (loose or set in ring or jewelry) through homeowner's insurance especially for a large size 

or good quality diamond. An insurance policy can cover up to $1000 and more. Diamond rings or diamond jewelries at bigger value will need a rider. Getting your diamond or diamond jewelry insured, an insurance company requires an appraisal. Be noted that the higher the appraisal value indicated in the appraisal the higher the premium of the insurance. In case of loss or damage of an insured diamond ring, most of these insurance companies cover and replace the item. If you lose a diamond worth $30,000 market value with $60,000 appraisal value, the insurance company can make a good deal but you will have to share the burden of paying almost double of your insurance premium. 


 

WHAT IS APPRAISAL VALUE?

Appraisal Value, also known as Retail Replacement Value or Insurance Replacement Value, is the estimated value of the lost 

item which will be the basis of the insurer in replacing the lost piece with another one of almost the same value. Thus, an appraisal has a specific purpose and intended use. It reflects a value that is usually higher than the actual purchase price of the piece which will eventually serve as reference for bargaining for replacement item of the insurer.

 

WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A DIAMOND APPRAISER?

Nowadays the demands for a diamond appraiser is increasingly growing. However, one must be very careful in selecting a diamond appraiser especially when it is for the purpose of obtaining an insurance because an independent diamond appraiser may potentially abuse the appraisal system. Be aware that most of these appraisers are not connected nor involved in selling diamonds or jewelries, and do not care much on the result of the appraisal for they get paid by merely looking on the piece and the diamond certificate if there is one. They have the tendency to inflate the value of an item with repercussion of high insurance premium. You've bought the best diamond at a very reasonable price but cost you more money to spend for an independent 

appraiser and even pay for higher insurance premium. Before purchasing a diamond, it is best to ask your diamond dealer if they provide a lifetime access for a FREE Appraisal to help you get covered in any event of losses or damages.

 

 

 

POINTS TO CONSIDER IN UPGRADING YOUR DIAMOND

We all need changes because change gives us a fresh and whole new perspectives in life... an excitement! Most couples who are married for a long time need to consider upgrading their center diamond or even the whole diamond ring, maybe get a bigger size or different shape of a diamond. No women would refuse for a bigger or better quality diamond with the right deal!

 

Diamond Trade In Maybe Deceiving

Most jewelry stores provide competitive offers as trade in for your diamond. They even accept the trade in for the amount that you purchase originally your diamond merely to get done with the deal. This may look so promising but you must be very careful in accepting the deal!

Let's say you have a 0.72ct Diamond G color VS1 clarity and you want to trade it in for a 1.30ct Diamond of the same color and clarity. The jeweler would be willing to pay $3000 (the amount that you originally paid for the diamond) and apply this value towards the 1.30ct Diamond with the retail price of $5000, leaving you a balance of $2000. The tricky part here is that the jeweler did not tell you that the 1.30ct Diamond is on sale for 60% off even without the trade in. It is very clear then that the upgrade affects your savings for you had to pay the balance of $2000 instead of getting the discounted price of the store.

Points to Consider in Upgrading A Diamond

The Size

When you wish to upgrade your diamond you should get a bigger size noticeable enough versus your old diamond. If you have a 0.72ct Diamond, consider getting a 1.00ct - 1.25ct Diamond in order to enjoy the upgrade and noticeable to your friends as well.

The Millimeter

Even if a diamond is 0.25 bigger than the other, both may look the same in size. The size difference is magnified by the actual width of the diamond known as millimeter size (mm). It is important to note that most of the stones being sold in the market are "spready" where the stone is thin and narrow. Thus, this kind of stone, faces up much bigger than they actually are. Let's say a 1.70ct Round Diamond could look like 2.00ct because of the way it is cut and the millimeter size as well.

Here are the standard millimeter sizes of Diamond Carat Weights:

 

CARAT

ROUND

PRINCESS

CUSHION

EMERALD

ASSCHER

RADIANT

SIZE

MM

MM

MM

MM

MM

MM

0.25

4.10-4.20

3.40-3.50

4.00X3.50

4.50X3.00

3.60-3.70

4.00X3.25

0.50

5.10-5.20

4.40-4.50

5.00X4.50

5.50X3.80

4.30-4.40

5.30X4.20

0.75

5.80-5.90

4.90-5.00

5.50X5.00

6.00X4.30

4.90-5.00

5.50X4.60

1.00

6.45-6.55

5.50-5.60

6.00X5.50

7.00X5.00

5.40-5.50

6.10X4.90

1.25

6.90-7.00

5.90-6.00

6.50X6.00

7.50X5.40

5.90-6.00

6.80X5.50

1.50

7.30-7.40

6.40-6.50

7.00X6.50

8.00X5.75

6.30-6.40

7.50X6.20

1.75

7.70-7.80

6.75-6.85

7.50X6.75

8.50X6.00

6.60-6.70

7.90X6.60

2.00

8.10-8.20

7.00-7.10

8.00X7.00

9.00X6.25

6.90-7.00

8.20X6.90

             

CARAT

MARQUISE

OVAL

PEAR

HEART

TRIANGLE

 

SIZE

MM

MM

MM

MM

MM

 

0.25

6.00X3.00

5.00X3.50

5.50X3.50

4.00-4.20

4.20-4.40

 

0.50

8.00X4.00

6.00X4.25

7.00X4.50

5.20-5.40

5.60-5.80

 

0.75

9.00X4.50

7.00X5.00

8.00X5.00

5.80-6.00

6.60-6.80

 

1.00

10.00X5.00

8.00X5.50

8.50X5.50

6.60-6.80

7.20-7.40

 

1.25

11.00X5.50

8.50X5.75

9.25X6.00

7.00X7.20

7.70-7.90

 

1.50

12.00X6.00

9.00X6.00

10.00X6.50

7.60-7.80

8.10-8.30

 

1.75

12.50X6.25

9.50X6.25

10.50X6.75

8.00-8.10

8.50-8.70

 

2.00

13.00X6.50

10.50X7.00

11.00X7.00

8.30-8.40

9.00-9.20

 

The Clarity

Frankly, upgrading your diamond to have a better clarity is a waste of money and time for it is not visible with the naked eye. A VVS Diamond and VS Diamond would look very similarly closed. So why spend more for something that is not obvious?

The Color

When upgrading your diamond for a bigger size, you must also take into consideration the color. The bigger the size of your stone the more visible the color will be. Comparing between a 1.00ct Diamond with color I and a 2.00ct Diamond with color J, you will definitely see a big disparity where the latter is more inferior (more yellowish) than the former that is smaller but with better color.

The Setting

You should also be open in replacing your old ring because the new bigger diamond might not be safe to be set in the old setting. A bigger and heavier diamond makes the head of the ring lean to the side for there is more weight now on the top part of the ring. The mounting has to be adjusted by setting the diamond deeper preventing the stone to fall out. Never compromise the safety of your precious stone for a few hundred dollars setting.

 

 

 

Why cut grade is important for a round diamond?

Many people who buy diamond get confused between diamond cut and diamond shape mistaking a shape as type of cut. More often than not, buyers give more weight on the 3C's (Carat, Color and Clarity) and ignoring the crucial effect of the "4th C", the Cut grade.

A diamond cut greatly affects the sparkle of a diamond. It is how well a diamond is proportioned. It pertains to the symmetry or how symmetrical the diamond sections are. Symmetry & proportions are responsible in allowing a diamond to have a proper reflection of light entering from any direction to be totally reflected through the top and dispersed into a gorgeous display of color. If the symmetry, proportions and polish are made perfectly, the diamond will display an excellent sparkle and most likely be graded as "Ideal Cut Grade".

In the past, little importance was given to the quality of diamond cut and grading was mainly focused on color and clarity. But the  beginning of the 20th century, when an optical brilliance was studied deeper, the forms of diamond cuts developed through trial and error. Year of 1910 came when the calculations had been applied where the physical and optical properties of a diamond  such as dispersion, light refraction and hardness were highly considered for maximum brilliance through an accurate proportions and symmetry. Such style of cut underwent the longest and highest degree of development  as it started long ago as the first century B.C, and only in the 20th century did it arrive in full maturity in the form of a round brilliant cut diamond.

Ideal Diamond Cut

 

Round diamonds with ideal cut grade have the most brilliance when the weight of the diamond is proportional. It means that the top and bottom parts of the stone are very close to the same weight. And with this balance, the facets can be aligned (cut) to reflect the light perfectly coming in right back up the top part of the diamond giving a fiery or sparkling look. Such factors which contribute to the proportions are girdle diameter, table diameter, total depth, crown height, thickness of the girdle, pavilion depth, angle of the crown facets to the plane of the girdle, and angle of the pavilion facets to the plane of the girdle. The more the diamond cutter deviates from the mathematically correct proportions, the more the brilliance is compromised, and in effect the lower the quality of the cut. But a slight deviation from standard does not bring any loss of brilliance in a diamond.

 

Buying a diamond requires familiarity on the diamond cut grade. Getting a beautiful round diamond with an ideal cut grade to a very good cut grade is far more important than any other characteristics of the diamond grading process. Diamond certificates for round shape diamonds should give high regard on the cut grade. 

 

When is fluorescence significant in a diamond?

A diamond is not merely valued for its 4 C’s (Carat, Clarity, Color and Cut) but also the presence of fluorescence. Fluorescence is how a diamond responds when exposed to ultra-violet light as its exposure can show colors such as glow of blue, white, yellow, green or even red.

 

                                         

                                                        Shortwave UV light is ON 

From left to right, where the first diamond shows Very Strong or Extreme Fluorescence that brings out a very bright glow effect. The second diamond having a Strong or Distinct Fluorescence which gives a bright glow look. Third one has a Medium or Moderate Fluorescence thus easily noticeable glow. And the forth diamond with Faint or Slight Fluorescence showing barely noticeable glow.

                                            

                                                         Shortwave UV light is OFF

If you are planning to get a diamond with the color range between H to J then consider a Medium Blue Fluorescence for this will make your stone look slightly whiter. But if you prefer to buy a diamond with a G or higher color then experts suggest to find a diamond with either No Fluorescence or Faint Fluorescence.

Most diamond certifications like GIA or EGL show the fluorescent grading of the diamond as inferior yet an expert would say that strong or very strong blue fluorescent diamonds usually appear brighter. Medium blue fluorescent diamonds are rarely to appear hazy and slight or faint blue fluorescent ones usually never appear hazy.  As a matter of fact, diamond’s fluorescence usually improves the appearance of color in the stone. It makes the stone looks more colorless without any negative effects. Again, diamonds with strong or very strong fluorescence appeared to have a better color than less fluorescent stone and the effect was more noticeable in I to K colors. 

Therefore, if you decide to purchase a diamond at a limited budget then take big consideration of the color versus the fluorescence so you can pick the best looking diamond for the woman you love without straining yourself financially.


 

Which is the Better for An Engagement Ring -- White Gold or Platinum?

 

After choosing the style for your engagement rings, you need to identify the type of metal to be used for the ring, if it's white gold or platinum. These two type of metals are considered to be the most in demand in the jewelry industry. They are both unique in their characteristics, but they also share similar properties. If you’re shopping for an engagement or wedding ring, and unsure of whether white gold or platinum is the better choice, it is but wise to educate yourself on these 4 aspects of metal: cost, durability, appearance and weight. 

COST

A lot of people are surprised to discover that white gold and platinum cost roughly the same amount of money per gram. However, the platinum engagement rings are usually more expensive than white gold engagement rings.

Here are the reasons:

  • Platinum is a much denser metal, thus, more of this metal is needed in order to create an engagement ring.
  • Platinum engagement rings are typically made up of 95% platinum whereas an 18k white gold engagement ring is only 75% gold.

With these facts, purchasing a platinum engagement rings or wedding ring connotes more money!

DURABILITY

When it comes to durability, both metals have their own advantages and disadvantages.

  • Platinum and White Gold are both strong metals. But platinum is more durable and stronger than white gold. Although platinum is more durable, it’s softer than white gold. And since it’s softer, platinum tends to be more vulnerable to scratching than white gold. But the good news is that both gold and platinum can be polished to restore its original appearance.

If gold is your choice of metal, experts recommend to choose 14k instead of 18k. Although 18k gold is more valuable, it is much softer than 14k gold and tend to get scratched easier.

APPEARANCE

Both white Gold and platinum have distinct appearances. Platinum is naturally white, and gold has a natural yellow hue.  Obviously, it’s often the color difference between these two metals that wind up being the deciding factor for most people.

If you prefer the look of a white engagement ring, you may be considering white gold instead of platinum. White gold is less expensive and its appearance is so similar to white platinum. What gives white gold its white appearance are the alloys used and its rhodium plating. Be noted, however, that as time goes by, the rhodium plating will fade and the gold’s natural yellow hue will start to show. Yet, as mentioned earlier, you can always polish the engagement ring to restore its white appearance. If you have an extra budget though, platinum is naturally white and will never fade to becoming yellow.

WEIGHT

Another consideration is the weight of both metals. Platinum engagement rings tend to be heavier than white gold rings mainly because platinum is denser than gold. Hence, if you're looking for a lightweight engagement ring, you may want to consider white gold metal instead.

Both white gold and platinum are excellent choices for wedding bands or engagement rings. Ultimately, your budget limit would probably be the deciding factor in buying the right engagement ring. If you have the flexibility, opt for platinum as it’s the most durable metal.

 

How to Choose the Right Place to Propose

Searching for a place to propose is as important in finding the right diamond engagement ring. Every couple is different. A certain location may be perfect for a certain couple but inappropriate to another. Keep these helpful tips in mind when choosing the right setting for your wedding proposal.

Make An Assessment On Your Partner’s Personality

See if she is a private person or someone who wants center of attention. This way you can decide whether or not your proposal should be in an intimate setting or in a public place.

If your partner prefers privacy, it may not be the best idea to use a football arena to propose. An intimate setting with only the two of you can be the best option to consider. If she enjoys an attention, proposing in a public set up may sweep her off her feet.  

Indoor versus Outdoor Proposal

Is she an outdoor type, or prefers staying indoors? If she enjoys the great outdoors, you may want to propose on a romantic camping trip or by the beach dramatized by a sunset. You can also consider a romantic restaurant or a family get-together that shows sincerity. 

Choose a Special Place

When getting an engagement ring for your proposal, you also need to put emphasis on sentimental element for the location, something that is special to both of you. Some examples can be a spot where you spent your first date or perhaps your favorite restaurant that will melt her heart. Choosing the perfect place for the perfect engagement ring connotes that you are heading your way to an even more special and romantic moment. 

When choosing a setting for your proposal, there are places that you may want to avoid:

  • During family member’s or friend’s wedding day for it is very disrespectful.
  • Noisy places like concerts or sporting events where there is a tendency that your partner will not hear your magical word and also divert her attention.
  • At a family member's or friend's home with an exemption during holidays or family get-together.

 

Buying Loose Diamonds Is Not So Scary

 

When you are looking for an engagement ring, diamond engagement rings to be specific, you will find a lot of choices out there, especially when you start looking at different engagement ring designs. So one way to cut through all the clutter and complete a first big step is to find your stone, and looking at loose diamonds is the way to get the best deal.

Most retailers will have multiple wholesale diamond dealers with whom they work. They can get any loose diamond you are looking for if you just give them a few details and some time to hunt. One important way to figure out what will make that special someone happy is to look at the so-called 4 C's of diamonds.

The first C stands for Carat, and that is the weight or mass of a stone. Different weights can have different looks and values depending on many factors.

The second C stands for Clarity, and that is a measure of how many imperfections, or inclusions, are in a diamond. They range from IF for Internally Flawless, through VVS and VS for very, slightly included, all the way to I for Included. A popular sweet spot for large, pretty solitaires is SI, which should be clean to the naked eye.

The third C is for Color, and it can be one of many determinations. White diamonds are judged from D, for perfectly white and clear, to L, which is slightly brown or yellow. There are other fancy colors, like Chocolate or Champagne, or even the exotic, expensive ones like Fancy Pink or Fancy Blue. Those can really shoot up the value of a stone.

The final C is for Cut, and there are a lot of things to look at here. First, there are the diamond shapes, like round brilliant, princess (square), pear, and marquis. There are other diamond shapes out there, including some custom cut. Those can vary a price both up or down.

Another, often overlooked part of the last C is the quality of the cut. This is given a rate from Poor, through Fair and Good, to Excellent. It looks at the quality of the polish, the precision of the cuts, and the proportions of the facets. Since what you are ultimately looking for is something that sparkles, something that really plays with light on someone's hand, this aspect can outweigh both clarity and color.

Buying loose diamonds for diamond engagement rings does not have to be intimidating. A loose diamond retailer is going to have access to wholesale diamond dealers, and that can save you money, while still guaranteeing quality. Most importantly, it will help you see that happiness when you give it to the person you love.

 

WHAT DIAMOND SHAPE SUITS BEST FOR HER?

 

First, we need to understand the meaning of a diamond shape which is the physical form or appearance of a stone. Most common shapes are round, cushion, princess, asscher, emerald, radiant, heart, pear, oval and marquise.

 

Diamond shape is different from the diamond cut as the latter is the ability of a diamond to reflect light. The cut pertains to the facets and angles, its number, symmetry, proportions, that all affect how the light reflects out of the stone. Diamond cut grading ranges from Excellent to Poor showing as much light as possible to least light losing from the sides or bottom of the diamond. An excellent cut diamond will reflect so much light at the top face or table of the stone bringing out brilliant and fiery effect. A nice brilliance then affect the value of a diamond and very much crucial to consider in buying a diamond.

 

Now that you have a clear understanding of the difference between the shape and the cut of a diamond, it is important to identify the shape that is best suited to your future wife unless she has already preference for it. Otherwise, consider these two important points that can lead you to get the best diamond engagement ring:

 

A.) Her Style versus the Center Stone

You've been with her for quite some time and you should have at least an idea of what kind of personality she has -- her taste, her style. This will give you a gauge of what shape for a center stone to get. If she is a traditional type, she will more likely suited for a round shape diamond. If she is a fashionable type, she may perhaps prefer unusual shape. Or if sentimental, she will probably choose heart shaped diamond.

Also, women with shorter fingers should go for an elongated styles like marquise, pear or oval. You must also avoid bands that are wide making her fingers looks even shorter. Whereas women with longer hands should have radiant or princess.

 

B.) The Engagement Ring to Complement the Center Stone

After deciding for the center stone, it will be easier for you to identify the ring that will complement her stone and her finger. A certain diamond shape fits to a specific style of setting. Round, oval, princess, cushion, radiant or marquise shapes are best suited to a multi-stone ring. While pear, heart or trilliant are best displayed in a solitaire ring. The style of the ring truly enhance the beauty of a diamond, thus, getting the right engagement ring is very important.  

It also good to identify if it's going to be white gold or yellow gold ring with special consideration on the color of the center stone. If the diamond color is on the yellowish side, yellow gold is highly recommended so that the center diamond will blend well and not look inferior with the ring. 

These are but few yet significant pointers to have in buying a diamond engagement ring in order to have a perfect ring for the perfect woman!  

 

Why Round Diamonds Are More Expensive Than Other Shapes?


The price of a diamond is greatly affected by the shape. Round diamonds have been the most widely known shape over the years where 75 percent of it are sold across the globe. Round cut diamond's popularity has a direct connection with its optimal brilliance over other shapes where most diamonds in round cut category are considered brilliant cut thus very ideal for jewelry. It even dictates the higher prices than fancy shapes mainly brought about by higher manufacturing costs and more demands in the market.

It is noteworthy to mention also that while the demands for round cut diamonds is higher, the yield is basically lower. These two points contribute to the higher cost per carat weight of a round diamond. If the demand gets higher, the price automatically  gets expensive. Whereas, the lower yield is mainly due to the fact that the round shape relies on the number of facets where the amount of rough stone is wasted to create a brilliant cut. Hence, the cost per carat  of round diamonds is higher.  The brilliance of round cut diamond is mainly affected by the mechanics of its shape allowing the maximum light to be reflected. Most of round diamonds carry 58 facets or flat polished surface. If the stone only has 57 facets then the culet is not present indicating small facet at the bottom of the diamond.

Fancy shape diamonds include all other shapes such as princess, emerald, asscher, radiant, princess, marquise, oval, heart and pear shapes. Getting a fancy shape diamond can give you more savings and an opportunity to obtain a bigger size and higher quality stone against your budget.  Comparing the round diamond  with fancy shapes, the cost of the round diamond will be about 25 - 35 percent more than the other cut diamonds. Yet, despite the costliness, round diamonds still dominates the market as the most favorite choice of diamond jewelry buyers.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PURCHASING A WHOLESALE DIAMOND IN-STORE RATHER THAN ONLINE?

 

Nowadays, all shopping activities can be done online. We have this notion of practicality -- saving time and money with one click of a button. This is good if we are just getting regular items but definitely not for a diamond.

If you're thinking that you would get more savings through online purchase, your expectation may be compromised. Yes, you can select the diamond online within your set budget but you are likely to get a diamond of a lesser quality because online description is bound to discrepancies. Whereas seeing the actual diamond can give you the exact diamond and more price flexibility especially when we you deal with a wholesaler like Gem Dynasty that can give you an extra room for your budget.

A. Buying an actual diamond the way it is described

When you make an online purchase especially for a certified diamond, it is always safer and more realistic to getting it from an actual store. Diamonds may look more attractive online as it may be on sale or may fit within your budget but don't be carried away on how it is advertised because your eyes must do the justice not only the diamond certification nor the seller's online presentation. Avoid being disappointed and getting the hassles of returning it along with some hidden charges included with your diamond purchase.

Undeniably, an in-store buying gives you a 100% satisfaction rather than the network buying having the tendency of giving you false promises. At Gem Dynasty, you will have the assurance of purchasing legitimate diamond certified by GIA or EGL USA at a wholesale price.

B. All of your diamond inquiries are well-addressed

Unlike online shopping where you are limited to ask questions about the diamond engagement ring, visiting the store provides you more peace of mind as you definitely have further or even different set of questions upon seeing the actual diamond. Gem Dynasty make sure to provide our customer crystal clear answers to any question our customer may have. From diamond specifications up to price guide we can walk you through.

C. Diamond price online is NO different on in-store pricing

Get rid of the wrong notion that shopping online is cheaper than in-store buying. Gem Dynasty has such very competitive price. We value all of our certified diamonds at a wholesale price and we're proud to say that our pricing is considered one of the lowest prices in Los Angeles Jewelry District.  We are more than glad to extend financial assistance to our clients in order to stay within their budget whether big or small, and to fulfill their satisfaction of getting the best possible stone for their budget.

D. Feel the comfort of meeting the diamond seller

As you shop in-store for your diamond, you will have a sense of comfort rather than having a cloud of doubts. Gem Dynasty offers an environment of trust and confidence as we educate first and foremost our customer before diving into purchasing. And since your convenience is our gold, we provide you all types of payments.

E. Make your crucial decision feel right

You've waited for the right moment and you deserved to get the right diamond. You've invested a lot and you need to gain reasonably. Hand selecting a diamond and engagement ring is so much more exciting and assuring path as you get more personal when you see the actual sparkle of a diamond and amazing style of an engagement ring. So let her dream be an amazing reality as Gem Dynasty make it happen for you! 

Buying an Engagement Ring

If you're in the market to buy an engagement ring, congratulations! You're about to make one of the biggest decisions of your life, and you undoubtedly want to present your intended with something that reflects how important she is to you. Proposing is among the most romantic things that you can do, but buying the actual engagement ring should be done with a clear head. Attempting to do so while you're swept away in emotion is a surefire way to spend far too much for something that's not quite right. Keep these tips in mind to ensure that your engagement ring purchase goes off without a hitch.

Buy Wholesale Diamond

First, the best way to stretch your dollar while still ending up with something truly impressive is by purchasing a loose stone and having it set in the setting of your choice by a professional jeweler. To do this, you'll need to visit the jewelry district of a major city, and you should have a fairly good idea about what you have in mind.

Choosing a Diamond

Like approximately 90 percent of guys, you're probably looking for a diamond. Keep the four Cs in mind while selecting one: color, cut, clarity and carat weight. Round-cut diamonds are the most popular by far. Princess cuts, or square cuts, are also fairly ubiquitous. Cushion cut, which is a cross between a round cut and a princess cut, is also a solid choice.

 

Selecting a Setting

You'll need an engagement ring for your loose stone, and there are a few different ways to go in this department. You can buy one "off the rack," or you can have one custom-designed by a professional jeweler. Either way, you need to decide which type of precious metal to use. The most popular choices are platinum, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. Additionally, choose a general style prior to shopping in earnest. The best way to go here is to consider your girlfriend's overall style. Is her look more modern, or does it tend to be more classic, traditional or flat-out glamorous? The perfect setting will mesh well with your beloved's typical look.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed while looking for an engagement ring. By opting for a wholesale, loose stone and having it professionally set, you can save a lot of money and end up with something that's truly one of a kind. A little more legwork may be involved, but it will all pay off when your proposal is responded to with a single, exhilarating word: yes.

 

Why Not Propose to Him?

Some modern women exuberantly defy tradition just because they can. However, even the most progressive feminists don’t exactly feel comfortable with the idea of proposing to a man. Only 10 percent of American women have boldly taken the lead in the ritual of proposing marriage. 

Pop singer Pink made news headlines after proposing to her motocross boyfriend Carey Hart. She proposed to him by holding up a sign that said, "Will you marry me?" He saw the sign when approaching her as she stood on the sidelines of one of his motocross runs. At first, Hart thought she was joking. She knew he would think it was a joke, so she turned the sign over. The back of the sign said, "I'm not kidding." Fortunately, he accepted her proposal. Pink and her husband have been happily married for many years.

International Traditions 

Women from Finland are advised to propose specifically on leap day because it is thought that this particular day will bring them good luck. Historically, if a man refused a proposal on leap day, he had to pay a fine. The fine was paid by providing enough fabric for the woman to make a skirt.

Queen Margaret of Scotland allegedly made a law in 1288 that allowed women to propose to men on leap day. However, there was a catch; the women were required to wear a red petticoat to warn the men of their intentions.

Engagement Rings for Men

Believe it or not, there are engagement rings specifically designed for men. When it comes to jewelry, most men tend to lean toward a more conservative look. The best way for a woman to go about getting an engagement ring for a man is to choose a custom design. This way, she can be sure that it will fit with his specific style. If he likes diamonds, they can be bought from a wholesale diamond seller for a an excellent price. Buying wholesale diamonds will help to make up for the extra expense of a custom engagement ring. Many wholesalers can help to design a ring that will suit the personal style of the intended groom.

Finding a wholesale diamond seller near you is a simple task. For instance, if you live in Los Angeles, type “certified diamonds Los Angeles” into the Google search bar. Read customer reviews online to gather information about wholesalers. Yelp has a helpful website that allows customers to post their experiences with all types of businesses. Reading these reviews will help you to make a decision on the wholesale diamond seller that is right for you.