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Buying a diamond engagement ring form Damasci has never been easier or more convenient.

Whatever your budget, you can purchase that special ring online with confidence, from the comfort of your own home or mobile device. Below are some helpful points in making that all-important purchase on a budget.

Diamond Certification….Pros & Cons

A certificate of authenticity is useful in authenticating and evaluating individual diamond characteristics or whole diamond engagement rings. But there are other subtle aspects to purchasing a diamond engagement ring and you should not base your final decision solely on a laboratory report.

For instance, the certificate certainly describes your diamond’s characteristics, yet falls short in expressing the true beauty and relative value of your stone. To be specific, two diamonds can be described as having the very same characteristics on a lab report, yet each can have a very different cost and the certificate won’t explain why.

For example, two diamonds can have the same clarity grade of SI2 but the one that costs more can be leaning towards an SI1 clarity grade and the other can be leaning towards an I1 clarity grade. And this fine distinction can also be applied to color and cut grading.

Transparency When Buying Diamonds

When shopping in person at Damasci, you could experience clarity, color and cut grading for yourself, by viewing the diamond of your choice under magnification. And then you can develop an informed opinion of your own.

If you are unable to visit our flagship store, Damasci online offers a high quality image and/or video of each individual diamond, giving you the opportunity to explore the accuracy of your diamond’s grading. . Seeing the diamond magnified will allow you to judge for yourself if the stone is the right purchase for you and if you are getting the best possible value for your money, while staying within your budget.

Clean SI2

Poor SI2

The Importance of Shape and Cut


A diamond’s faceting and overall proportions are known as its cut, while the shape refers to its geometrical form, be it round, oval, princess, etc. A diamond’s cost and appearance are affected by its cut and shape. For instance, cut can be graded whereas the shape cannot. The cut of a diamond is the most important characteristic and when purchasing, it is recommended that you buy the best possible cut grade within your budget, as it affects the stone’s overall brilliance and sparkle. It’s always best to focus on a diamond’s cut and shape first and then the other characteristics.

Keep in mind, a diamond’s shape is a subjective choice, more about your personal preference and going with what pleases you.

Good Polish vs Excellent Polish

A diamond’s polish refers to the smoothness of its cut. For customers on a budget, a good polish will usually suffice, since most are unable to tell the difference between a good and a more costly excellent polish.

Damasci buying tip: If your budget does not accommodate your desired diamond carat weight in a round brilliant, a good option is to explore fancy shaped diamonds such as princess, cushion, emerald etc. as they offer a greater value per carat weight, with a savings of approximately 10 to 15%.

Selecting an Eye-Clean Diamond

When purchasing a diamond, most customers are unable to tell the difference between a very high clarity grading of a VVS1 and a lower clarity grading of a SI1. If on a budget you decide to purchase SI1 clarity grading, in most cases the inclusions are only visible under 10 x magnifications. In this case your diamond will be perceived as eye-clean, yet the lower cost is quite significant when compared to the VVS1 grade.

Please keep in mind; certain diamond cuts such as the round shape contain more facets and brilliance while concealing inclusions more than other diamond shapes such as the emerald-cut, with its wider table and less facets.

With color grade, the exact same approach can be taken. The top diamond appraisal institutes all follow the same grading system as it applies to color. It is graded on a scale form D to Z with D (colorless) being the highest grade and Z being the lowest, with a less then desirable darker yellow tint.

With colorless diamonds (D to F) costing far more than near colorless grade (H to J), when buying on a budget, it’s recommended that you purchase a near colorless stone as the average person can’t distinguish between the costly D color and more economical H color.

Purchasing a diamond at the very top of the color scale is unnecessary. At Damasci we will be pleased to show you the characteristics of a diamond under magnification to help you make the best possible choice within your budget.

White Gold vs Platinum

White gold is very popular and, for those on a budget, many prefer it to platinum which is far more costly. Beautiful to behold, it has a white patina similar to platinum. Highly durable, white gold will not easily scratch and never fails to marvelously enhance a diamond’s brilliance.

Seeking the Right Balance

Maximizing Carat Weight

Most consumers looking to maximize carat weight, but not sacrifice the overall quality of a diamond, tend to favor a grading of SI2 or SI1 clarity (eye-clean), H to J color, very good to excellent cut and None to Strong fluorescence.

Sacrificing Carat Weight for Quality

Customers, who lean towards quality while sacrificing some carat weight, tend to favor a grading of VS1 to VS2, F to G color, Excellent cut, polish and symmetry grading with None to Medium fluorescence.

Preferring the Highest Quality Grade

Customers in the market for the very high quality diamond tend to favor a grading of FL (flawless) to VVS2, D to F color, Excellent cut, polish and symmetry grading and no fluorescence.