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).

Angus and Coote The Diamond and Watch Specialist

Angus and Coote is an Australian retail chain specializing in jewellery, watches and gifts. They just pip Prouds in age, as they were established at the end of the 19th Century - 1895 to be precise.

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For people who've been around a little while, you might remember a retail chain called "Amies" - this retail chain is now a part of Angus and Coote (if you were wondering what had happened).

They appear to have more than 120 stores around Australia. They have stores in every single state and territory (yes even the Northern Territory and ACT) which is a plus compared so some other companies which only have stores in one or a few states.

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