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Where to buy a Daffiliat, Online or In-store?

The following is from Gabriel New York – an engagement ring and jewelry line offered by Osborne’s Jewelers in Huntsville, AL.

Great article for those debating on where best to buy a diamond and why.

Why Shop In Store?

Mother nature is perfect. Like people, she made no two diamonds exactly alike –each has their own unique personality. The cornerstone of our business is helping people create rings and select diamonds that are more than just the right size, style and budget – they’re the perfect match.

Like an ideal partner, the perfect diamond engagement ring will stand the test of time. That’s why we believe you should get to know your ring before you buy it, by shopping with one of our experienced, family-owned and operated retail partners.

Although it may sound romantic, it’s actually very practical. Diamond grading reports are surprisingly subjective, despite the regimented, standardized system of grading that’s been in place for many years. Case in point: two diamonds, which seem identical in the virtual world, have two very different prices (see below).



These diamond certifications come from a reputable online dealer. On paper, they certainly appear to be the same in size, cut, color & clarity. Yet, the price difference is $1,300 – a 15% difference. Why? That’s an excellent question, one that no one can really answer without seeing the stones.

The only way to truly know and understand what you are buying is to shop with a knowledgeable Gabriel & Co. retail partner. Our retail partners provide unparalleled expertise, working with you one-on-one to help you make the best choice possible. They are passionate about what they do, whether it’s helping you choose a ring on the spot, or working with you to design & create your heart’s desire. Because getting engaged is more than finding a ring, it’s about finding the one.

We’re confident you’ll agree that when it comes to love and engagement rings, there’s nothing like the real thing!

About Patrick White

The Huntsville Jeweler

256-777-6269

I have no affiliation with Osborne’s Jewelers**

What carat / ct. weight diamond should I buy?

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What carat size of diamond should I buy my for my girlfriend / fiancé for her engagement ring?

As a diamond and jewelry expert of 8 years, I am often asked this question. Which size diamond should I purchase for my engagement ring or jewelery piece? Or, I am asked for a specific request or demand such as, “I want a 2 carat diamond.” Or, “I want a 1 ct. diamond,” etc.

My response to this question or demand is always the same: Carat weight, is only that- the weight of the diamond.  It says nothing of the diamonds beauty, brilliance, color or value. It doesn’t even accurately speak for how large or small the diamond will look in the jewelry or engagement piece.

Think of diamonds like you would a person. An odd analogy I know. Channing Tatum for instance weighs 180lbs as does Danny Devito. However, Channing Tatum at 6’1″ seems to be quite a bit different in his appeal to the ladies than Danny Devito who is 5’0″. Both of these examples weigh approximately 180lbs. And both of these examples I think we can all agree are quite different from each other due to proportion.

Carat is simply a definition of diamond weight. Just as 3 carats, 2cts., 1ct, .50ct., is simply a weight and has nothing to do with the actual proportions of the diamond itself such as how deep or how shallow the diamond is cut- which is directly related to the diamonds fire, sparkle and brilliance.

I have seen 2 carat diamonds look more like a 1.5ct diamond and 1ct. diamonds look as though they must surely be closer to 1.50cts. The weight of the diamond doesn’t matter if the majority of it is in the bottom half due to a deep cut and the fire of a diamond is lost if the cutter made it so shallow that it looks huge but the light doesn’t refract into and back out of the facets properly.

Remember, when buying a diamond, it’s about the cut, the color, and the clarity far more than the weight.

So, take some advice from a friend in the jewelry business- buy the perfect diamond by it meeting the perfect look and quality you are trying to achieve not by the numbers it shows when placed on a scale.

Patrick Dean White

Huntsville, Al
256-777-6269
White.patrickd@gmail.com
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