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The Simple Trick to Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring for Less

According to a recent study published in USA Today, weddings are on the uptick again after years of decline. Is 2013 or 2014 the year you’ll be hearing wedding bells? If you’re planning to get married, you’ve probably been thinking about diamond engagement rings.

A beautiful diamond engagement ring can take your loved one’s breath away and be a memento you’ll both treasure for the rest of your lives together. But when you’re buying a diamond, it’s easy to get carried away or be pressured by an unscrupulous salesperson to spend more than you can afford. You want the diamond that’s right for you — but you also want to get the most for your money.

Here’s a tip that will save you some cold, hard cash: the diamond is by far the most expensive part of an engagement ring. When you buy a loose diamond at West Seattle Coins and Bellevue Rare Coins, you’ll get it for a price that’s way below retail, so you can save money on the stone or buy a bigger rock. Have the loose diamond set in your band of choice and then you’ll have a ring that’s perfect for you — and save hundreds if not thousands of dollars compared to buying it from a traditional jewelry store. Which is just another reason to celebrate.

And when you’re shopping for a diamond ring, it’s also important to understand the 4Cs.

1. Clarity. All diamonds have imperfections, but the fewer blemishes your diamond has, the more valuable it is.

2. Color. Diamonds also come in hues such as red, purple, green or blue. If you’re looking for a colored diamond, remember that the most valuable stones are the ones with the most saturated colors.

3. Cut. The cut of a diamond refers the way the stone has been designed to reflect the light. The radiance of a high-quality diamond is mostly a result of its cut — so if you want sparkle and dazzle, get a diamond with an expert cut.

4. Carats. The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. Typically, the more carats, the more valuable the diamond is. However, it’s possible that a small, very clear, well-cut stone could be worth more than a larger poorly cut, blemished stone.

Before you go shopping for a diamond engagement ring, consider which of the 4Cs is most important to you. Once you’ve decided, come see the experts at West Seattle Coins and Bellevue Rare Coins. We’ve got lots of Gemological Institute of America–certified diamonds to choose from, all accompanied by reports listing their dimensions, weight, color and clarity.

West Seattle Coins and Bellevue Rare Coins specialize in gold buying and dealing in rare coins. We are a family-owned business that was first established in 1979 and is now located in West Seattle, Bellevue and Lynnwood. We also buy and sell gold, silver, diamonds, currency and jewelry. Visit us first for a free evaluation.

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