How to get good deal for your diamond engagement ring? Check the quality of the side diamonds use in ring setting

Step by Step Comprehensive Guide: How to get the best deal for your diamond engagement ring

Best Deal For Diamond Engagement Ring Online

Decision time! Picking and choosing the best deal for your diamond engagement ring online can be agonizing. Even if you have done your research, learned about ‘4Cs,’ and decided what you want, how should you check you got a good deal?

Nowadays you can now get many price options from:
a) Large online sellers
b) Big brand diamond retailers
c) Your neighboorhood jewelry shop
d) Diamond wholesaler

Assuming, they are all provided you similar diamond options, metal setting & ring design. How do you check and know which of these options is the best one? The answer should be a simple one right? The cheapest one!

Best Deal For Diamond Engagement Ring – Cheapest Best Option?

Unfortunately, when purchasing a diamond engagement ring, it is not always the case that the cheapest option is the best deal.  Because not all diamonds or ring quality are the same!

Yes, there are brands out there like Tiffany, Cartier, Zales, etc… That can provide consistent quality control which you can trust.  When compared with your traditional non-branded stores.

Yet, they do take mark-ups of over 300% for this trust. So, you definitely will not get the best diamond engagement ring deal with these big brands.

How Do I Check If I Am Getting The Best Deal For My Diamond Engagement Ring?

With the online resources we have now.  It is very easy to check if the diamond engagement ring you are getting is a good deal or not.

I hope with my comprehensive step by step guide below,  it will help in answering your question.  And make you more comfortable with your engagement ring choice.

(STEP 1):  Check & Verify the Center Diamond 

How to get good deal for diamond engagement ring? Image of 3 carat, J-color, VS1-clarity, Hearts and Arrow Diamond
3 carat, J-color, VS1-clarity, Perfect Hearts & Arrow Cut Diamond Image

This is the most important step and I have written about this many times in my previous blog posts.  You can check this here and here.

To be clear the most important and most expensive component for a diamond engagement ring is the center diamond.

You have to make sure when comparing the different quotations that:
a) The diamonds are ‘certified’ with the same lab
b) Have similar carat weight, dimensions, color, cut, clarity and fluorescence grades.

If any of these are different this will change and affect the diamond price. So you have to compare apples to apples and not apples to oranges.

Center diamond usually consists of 80% to 95% of the ‘total ring cost.’ Other components though important are not very critical from a financial point of view.

(STEP 2):  Check If The Price You Are Getting The Center Diamond For is Competitive

With the center diamond specification on hand. You can now check from various online platforms. “For free!”  If the center diamond you are getting is ‘competitive’ or within the market range or is it way off.

I found the most useful websites to check these prices are the largest ‘exclusive’ US online retailers like James Allen & Blue Nile.

The prices published on these sites are so competitive.  That they are ‘almost equal’ to what the diamond wholesalers sell at the ‘retail’ jeweler level.

There are other websites out there in the UK, Australia, etc… And they will all usually provide prices for specific diamond specifications online.

Just doing a quick search and checking these websites.  You can save hundreds or thousands of dollars.  Due to your knowledge in knowing how much the diamond should cost.

(STEP 3):  Check the Quality of Metal Used in Setting The Ring

When getting the quotation from anyone you are dealing with.  They usually provide you details of what metal they are going to use to set your ring in.

You can verify this by checking the quality stamp inside the finished ring. Which ensures the metal quality of the ring.

Best deal for diamond ring - Check metal quality stamp like this image where red arrow is pointing to '750' stamp which means 18K yellow gold
Example of ‘metal quality stamp’ inside one of our finished ring.  In this image, the red arrow is pointing to stamp printed ‘750’ which means 18K yellow gold in Thailand. This number is calculated by dividing 18K/24K = 75% purity gold.  In Thailand, gold stamp number is divided by 1000, so  ‘750’/1000 = 75% quality.

Different Countries Metal Standardization

Each country has its own logo standard.  As the end consumer if you do see this stamp it almost guarantees that the quality used is as what is stamped in the ring.

This is true for most countries around the world and most manufacturers won’t want to get in trouble if they falsify this claim.

However, there are some countries where the rules are not enforced 100%. And therefore the stamp exaggerates the metal quality.  For example, a big consumer country like India.

For manufacturers in India, this is where the majority of them make their margins. Because the end consumer or retailers are tough negotiators there.  And always ‘an expert’ in calculating ‘all the cost components.’

Usually for diamond engagement rings the standard metal used are:

  • Gold ranging from 14 to 18K white, yellow or rose
  • White Palladium ranging from 14K to 18K
  • Platinum ranging from 900 to 950 (90% to 95% purity)

Personal opinion: I would not recommend getting diamond engagement ring set above 18K.  Due to the metal being very malleable and not sturdy enough to hold the diamonds securely.

(STEP 4):  Check The Quality of Side Diamonds 

How to get good deal for your diamond engagement ring?  Check the quality of the side diamonds use in ring setting
Side diamonds add additional beauty to your diamond engagement ring.

This criterion is a lot trickier to verify and check and this is where many retailers, dealers or online sellers make their money from.

As there is no standard third party certificate for the small diamonds. You will have to trust what the jeweler says regarding the diamond quality.

This is where trusting the company or person you are dealing with really counts.

The difference in price for a low-quality small diamond let us say around 0.02 carat diamond (or 2 pointers) to high-quality diamond can almost be 400%

Price Difference Between Low & High Quality Side Diamonds

For example, a low quality diamond (bad cut, low clarity and color) can cost around US$200 per carat while the higher quality diamond will be US$800 per carat.

Usually, for higher-end jewelers.  The standard small diamond quality used to set in their jewelry is G to H color, VS1-clarity with top cut grades.  This is considered the middle range.

Once these diamonds are set in the ring they will look very white & sparkly. And clarity grade ‘perception’ goes up almost two grades. So the VS1 diamond now looks like VVS1 diamond.

How to Check Your Side Diamonds?

So, how should you check the quality of these side diamonds? I usually recommend anyone buying jewelry to just take a look. And see if the small diamonds ‘look attractive’ – i.e. Are they white, sparkly with no eye visible inclusions?

If the answer is yes, you can almost safely say the quality is in the middle range or higher.

Another way to check the small diamond quality is by comparing how they look versus the center diamond. Which should be certified by reliable third-party certification.

With this comparison,  you can check if the small diamonds look similar or more yellow or brown compared to the center diamond. The same looking usually means similar color, clarity and cut grade.

Finally, please note that for most ring designs the side diamonds are usually a very small component of the total ring cost.

So, if your ring only has 0.10 carat of small diamonds the price difference between the lowest quality and highest quality is only US$60!

So, please don’t take this component so seriously for this case. Of course, if your ring design requires more side diamonds. These differences will add up very quickly. So please use your judgments when checking this criterion.

(STEP 5):  Check How Much It Will Cost To Make The Ring Setting Using The Metal Quality And Diamond Quality You Found from Step 2 & 3. 

You must be wondering how the large US online retailers make their money. If they are selling their center diamonds almost at diamond wholesale prices [Step 2].

One thing they have learned very quickly is the ‘same simple trick’ blade manufacturers or printing manufacturers (i.e. Gillette or HP) use when selling their products.

HP sells the printers cheap, while over charging ink cartridges.
HP sells the printers cheap, while over charging ink cartridges.

As an end-consumer, you will always get the shaving razor or printer cheap. As this sucks you in and forces you to buy their more lucrative cash cow products. Like shaving blades or printer ink.

The same way the US online retailers entice you in buying the center diamond. And then over-charge you by setting the diamond with their finished jewelry collection. Because there is no point for you to get only the diamond without the finished ring mount.

So, this is actually a very important step to check if the ‘total engagement ring cost’ is competitive.  Center diamond plus the ring setting costs.

To check how much a ring mounting should cost. You can actually check some examples in our other blog-post here. Which briefly discusses pricing.

If you compare these prices with most online retailers you will see how much more they charge.

(STEP 6):  Check The Reputation of The Company, Store, and People You Are Dealing With!

This actually should be the first criteria in any diamond engagement ring purchase.

Our business is based on trust. And if you cannot trust who you are dealing with. You will not be confident in what they are providing for your finished product.

The good thing is nowadays you can check the reputation of many companies by doing simple searches.  Through Google , TripAdvisor or Social media (i.e.  Facebook or Instagram).

How to get good deal for your engagement ring?  Check the company's reputation.  This image is of Thai Native Gems Google Page Reviews
Check the company’s reputation.  This image is of Thai Native Gems Google Page Reviews

You will usually find some reviews from end-consumers about their purchase experiences.

Personally, I will trust Facebook or Google more than some random review websites.  As they have a ‘picture’ attached to the testimonial. This just makes it slightly difficult to ‘fake’ a review.

By following all the steps above and doing your due diligence. I am confident that you will get an amazing deal for your diamond engagement ring purchase.

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Thai Native Gems Diamond Search & Custom Engagement Ring service:

If you are in the market looking for the best diamond and custom hand made engagement ring.  Contact Us.  Let us know what your budget is and what you are looking for.

From this initial information, we will swiftly find and email you 4 to 5 center diamond options.  Unlike other traditional or online dealers, I am not looking to sell you anything. But will provide you honest, frank and objective opinion in what we think is best in the budget you offer.

This service is free, and there absolutely no commitment to buy any of our suggestions. The only thing you have to do is not respond to our email and you won’t hear from us again! So, you truly have nothing to lose!

How do we compile this diamond list?  Our search process is provided below:

1) We first will contact our local diamond supply network and check if there are any stones that fit your requirement in Bangkok. We have over 50 contacts in Bangkok and will check ALL to make sure we can provide you the best deal.

2) If not satisfied, we will then check online through our extensive global network sifting through over 900,000+ diamonds. and will find you the best diamond. The only setback when choosing the diamond from this global list is, it can take one to two weeks to arrive to Bangkok.

What type engagement rings can you make and how are they made?

1) We usually set our engagement rings in 18k yellow or white gold or 950 platinum settings.  Our rings are all hand-crafted and made by highly skilled Thai craftsmen.

Examples in some of the rings we made you can see on our YouTube channel and shown below:

YouTube Channel PLAY LIST


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3 thoughts on “Step by Step Comprehensive Guide: How to get the best deal for your diamond engagement ring”

  1. It’s definitely tempting to go out and get a beautiful ring at as low of a cost as possible, but it’s also very important to go with a brand or store you can trust. Doing your research into who you do business with is a crucial part of the process.

    1. Agree with you Josh. Very important to check the reputation of the store before your purchase. But, ‘how much premium’ are you willing to pay for the ‘brand?’ In the end a diamond ring is like a commodity, which now you can verify online if you know the ‘cost’ of each component.

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