Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

Garrard Jewellers

Garrard jewellers is the oldest jewellery company in the world dating back to the start of the 18th century, when its founder George Wickes started in London.

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If you have ever visited the Tower of London, and seen the impressive array of jewels there, you might be interested to know that Garrard has been involved in the whole process.

Their jewellery is regularly seen on magazine covers all over the world, such as Bazaar magazine.

They offer a wide range of jewellery including bangles, bracelets, charms, cufflinks, hearings, necklaces, pendants and rings.

They have a number of jewellery collections on offer including Hunter, Fire of London and Eternity.

For engagement rings they offer the Eternal Cut collection designed by Gabi Tolkowsky. This particular design of diamond has a petal design in the centre of the diamond.