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).

Gordon’s Jewelers

Gordon’s Jewelers have been around since 1905 which means they’re well over the century mark which says something. They have general jewelry, wedding items, various collections as well as the standard gifts and watches offered by most jewelers. They offer a return or exchange policy on items purchased with helps with peace of mind. For delivered orders, they offer free shipping on purchases over $100. Plus, if you ever have an issue you want help with, they have customer phone service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are a subset of Zale Corporation which collectively operates more than 1900 retail stores across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, meaning you’ve got the relative security of a big company backing your purchase.

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