Can I Find A Diamond Engagement Ring For Less Than $3000?

Today’s challenge was:

Can I find a diamond engagement ring for less than $3000?

I wanted to find a good quality diamond without going for inferior and poorly cut diamonds. It had to be a nice “sparkler“.

For this I applied a wider filter which involved looking through diamonds with a slightly higher coloring, like a K.

It is advisable to have K diamonds placed in a yellow gold setting. More about this below.


Shape: Round
Carat Weight: 0.76
Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal
Color: K
Clarity: VS2
Certificate: AGS
(with Computer Generated Light Performance Map!)

Depth: 61.9%
Table: 58.2%
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal
Culet: None
Fluorescence: Negligible
Measurements: 5.82 mm x 5.85 mm x 3.61 mm
Crown Angle: 35.6
Crown %:
Pavilion Angle: 40.7
Pavilion %:

This particular Heart and Arrows Ideal cut diamond would be ideal for anyone who would prefer a yellow gold ring setting. This is because the color of this diamond has been grade by AGS laboratory as being a 3.5 which in the more familiar GIA color grade is “K”.  Yes, it is a little farther down on the color scale. Which is why it is often suggested that diamonds of this color be set in yellow gold. The yellow color of the gold creates a contrast and makes the slight coloring of this diamond less noticeable. With such perfect symmetry and polish the diamond will have a very high “sparkle” (technically called fire and brilliance), also reducing the notice-ability of the slight coloring. The VS2 grade makes this diamond almost completely perfect in regards to inclusions. As you can see from the image no inclusions are visible. And the grading report (certificate) indicates where the inclusions are to be found, so you know where to look for them. You still can’t see them even if you are looking for them.

This diamond is a good size for an engagement ring. Anything over half a carat will do, though most people try to get as close to 1 carat as possible.


Looking at the Computer Generated Light Performance Map not only tells us that this diamond has the highest grade of light performance, but also confirms the incredible symmetry.

At $2,550.00 I can guarantee that this diamond is going to be very well liked once you have it in your hands.

You may click here if you would like to buy it:

Here’s what it would look like in a yellow gold ring setting.

The engagement ring in the video is made of 18 karat gold. This is quite pure gold, with 18 parts out of 24 being pure gold, and the rest other metals/alloys. Since pure gold is quite soft it might be prudent to get 14 karat gold which is not as soft as 18 k gold and will do a better job of holding the diamond in place.

Here is a link to a 14 karat gold setting:

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Biggest Possible Diamond + Engagement Ring Under $10,000

Today’s challenge, which I set for myself, was to find the biggest possible diamond for an engagement ring , and keep the total budget to under $10,000.

I allowed myself to compromise on a few of my rules. I’d allow for color and cut quality to not be the top priority, and focus only on size.

It just is a fact that no matter how much I harp on about cut quality and clarity being the most important factors in getting a beautiful stone some people just want a big diamond. And I really shouldn’t judge them, if that is their priority.

I had to reject a number of candidates as I still think of the cut quality being important even though I tried hard to not think that way. It’s still in the forefront of my mind when appraising a diamond, and determining if it is going to give the buyer complete satisfaction and no regrets.

I had to think long and hard about  giving this one my No Regrets stamp of approval. And I almost did. What made me hesitate is an inclusion which is noticable at close range. There is a crystal in the middle of the table (center of the top of the diamond) which is of sufficient size to be visible to the naked eye, though one would still have to look quite close to really notice it. I’ll say that this  is still better than a lot of diamonds I have seen in display windows that sell at a higher price with even more inclusions, which made me feel like taking out a steel brush and giving it a little scrub.

But let’s look on the bright side: inclusions are really a badge of authenticity, as they show us that it is a natural diamond.

So I’ll just reiterate that this diamond is selected as our Catch of The Day for being the biggest diamond under $10,000, and it is still a very decent diamond. The cut is really quite nice. It has perfect proportions with a depth of 61.9% being extremely close to the ideal 60%, and a table of 60% which is exactly the ideal. It will definitely look fantastic. In light of the compromises we are making in order to get a bigger diamond this one is a very good choice. This one is 8mm across!

Look I don’t think you can do better than this for a 2 carat diamond, it’s $8700, especially for anyone who feels that size is all that matters.  If that is the case I present to you our massive Catch Of the Day:

2.01 Carat K-I1 Good Cut Round Diamond

Shape:  Round
Carat weight:  2.01
Cut:  Good
Color:  K
Clarity:  I1
Certificate:  GIA
 Price: $8700
Depth:  61.9%
Table:  60.0%
Polish:  Very Good
Symmetry:  Very Good
Fluorescence:  None
Measurements:  7.98mm*8.00mm*4.95mm

Brian Gavin Blue: 1.01 K color, round Signature Cut

Here is the stone which is our

Catch Of The Day

Brian Gavin’s Blue

A couple things I want to draw attention to which make this outstanding:

It is over one carat.

The cut grade is Ideal. (as well asLight performance, Polish, AND symmetry! )

VS2 (Brian Gavin always ensures that the inclusions are practically unnoticeable. )

And finally this is what makes it remarkable: It is a BRIAN GAVIN SIGNATURE CUT!

(Warning: you might never buy any other type of diamond after getting a Brian Gavin Diamond)

 Price: $6,177
Type Brian Gavin Blue
Product ID: BLAGS-104054186001
Shape: Round
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.010
Color: K
Clarity: VS2
Measurements: 6.38 x 6.43 x 3.97
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal
Light Performance: Ideal
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal













Table %: 57.2
Depth %: 62.0
Crown %: 15.0
Crown Angle: 34.8
Star %: 54.0
Pav Angle: 40.9
Pavillion %: 43.3
Lower Girdle %: 76.0
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Medium Blue
Girdle Min-Max %: 1.7 – 4.1
Girdle: Thin To Slightly Thick Faceted
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