What Are Preset Engagement Rings?
Preset Engagement Rings are engagement rings that come with a diamond already chosen for you. This of course is the complete opposite of the popular ‘design-your-own-ring’ option that many other websites offer. Why would anyone be interested in purchasing a preset engagement ring? Well, they do tend to make the whole engagement ring process a lot easier, but there are some very important things to keep in mind before you purchase your diamond engagement ring from just anywhere…
Preset engagement rings are easy to shop for and takes the pressure off of loose diamond pricing and comparison shopping. For these reasons, many diamond vendors and websites have a section for diamond rings that are ready to go with no fuss over what color or clarity settings to choose. However, there are some tips you need to know before buying a preset diamond engagement ring from just anywhere.
4 Important Things To Know About Preset Engagement Rings
Preset engagement rings are often mid-low quality stones that do not have adequate diamond certification. Not all preset rings fall in this category, but many still do. Keep in mind that popular mall stores and other online diamond retailers offer preset rings with no diamond certificate. You may think that a diamond certificate isn’t that important since you aren’t going to spend tens of thousands of dollars on your engagement ring. However, a diamond grading report is indeed necessary and here’s why:
1. – Diamond rings without a diamond grading report or certificate are often sold within a carat weight “range”. This means that the diamond merchant may tell you that you are buying a 1.00ct diamond, but it may in fact be as small as 0.95ct or as large as 1.17ct. (an example from Kay Jewelers). A diamond’s carat weight is the most important factor when determining a diamond’s price and therefore it isn’t reasonable to charge the same price for a 0.95ct or a 1.17ct diamond. Remember, a diamond just under 1.00ct can often be found much cheaper because if falls just under the price jump for the popular 1.00ct diamond size (see insider’s knowledge on diamond carat weight for more info)
2. – - Preset engagement rings without a diamond grading report are often listed as a color and clarity range, for example a: H/I color or SI2/I1 clarity. This color and clarity “range” doesn’t give an accurate representation of what diamond color and diamond clarity it actually is. The devil is in the details with diamonds, and it is very important to know the difference as this directly effects a diamond’s quality AND price.
3. – - Without a diamond grading report, you cannot assess the most critical and important factor to a diamond’s beauty and value; a diamond’s cut. This is probably the biggest reason that you should never purchase a diamond without a credible lab report from either GIA or AGS. It is so important to know that your diamond has been cut well, because if it hasn’t it simply won’t sparkle that much. If you are confused about this, read up more on diamond cut here.
4. – - Keep in mind that some jewelers or jewelry stores offer their own “certificates” with their preset diamond rings. Unfortunately, without a third-party unbiased assessment of the true quality and value of the diamond, their personal grading is practically worthless. Unless they agree to have the stone taken out of the ring and sent to either GIA vs AGS for an accurate grading, it is better to pass on these.
Preset Diamond Recommendations
Don’t worry, buying a preset diamond engagement ring IS easy, when you know what you are looking for. Luckily I have already done my homework and can recommend some great diamond websites that offer quality diamond engagement rings that are super easy to shop for.
First of all, in my recent Brian Gavin review, I purchased a rose-gold preset diamond engagement ring from his preselected rings option. This would be my first recommendation for those of you looking to purchase a super-ideal diamond without having to be a diamond expert. Brian is a 5th generation diamond cutter and hand selects all of his in-house diamonds. These gorgeous stones are all guaranteed eye-clean and represent the top 1% of all cut diamonds in the world. You simply cannot go wrong with this option. Simply plug in your budget and which metal you prefer and a list of various options will pop up for you. Super easy.
Another great website to purchase quality preset engagement rings from is Zoara. I can personally attest to them as well as I purchased a preset engagement ring from them in my recent Zoara review. Zoara offers plenty of selection in their different engagement ring settings and diamond shapes and sizes. All of their preset engagement rings are GIA certified with very good color/clarity/cut specifications.
Buying preset engagement rings is a great option for those of you that cannot be bothered with looking through hundreds or thousands of different loose diamonds online. It does make the buying process much easier, especially when you buy from a trusted retailer that provides quality stones with reliable lab grading reports like GIA or AGS.
Online Diamond Buying Advice Recommends!
Whiteflash- “Most visually balanced diamonds in the world.” Whiteflash has the largest inventory of super-ideal hearts and arrows round and princess cut AGSL diamonds in the world and offers some of the top leading luxury bridal and jewelry designs by: Veraggio, Ritani, Vatche, Leon Mege and Benchmark. Be sure to check out our Whiteflash review and read recent diamond Q&A for tips how how to buy your perfect diamond!
Brian Gavin Diamonds- Brian “The Cutter” is a 5th generation diamond cutter originally from South Africa. Brian offers super-ideal round brilliant, princess and cushion cut diamonds; all cut to his meticulous high cutting standards. Brian Gavin is the only retailer that specializes in super-ideal blue fluorescent diamonds, an industry specialty that offers the same hearts and arrows perfection at a fraction of the price. Read our Brian Gavin review for a our actual diamond buying experience with them and learn more about how to buy a diamond with our recent diamond Q&A from our readers!
Zoara- Specializes in certified GIA and AGS loose diamonds sold at the ultimate lowest prices on the internet. All diamond color, clarity, carat weight and cut parameters are available to suit any customers taste and budget. Zoara has actual REAL diamond pictures available for many of their diamonds which helps with clarity assessment. Be sure to read our Zoara review for our diamond buying experience and read up on our recent ODBA readers diamond Q&A for diamond buying tips and advice.
Ritani- High-end Jewelry brand specializing in micro-pave engagement rings that are all handcrafted in New York. All GIA and AGS graded diamonds are owned by Ritani allowing for FREE In-Store preview of a customer’s made-to-order engagement ring. No other online or retail store does this!
Blue Nile- “Forbes Favorite” online jeweler and still the favorite of many online shoppers. Read our very popular Blue Nile Review on how to buy a round brilliant diamond ‘step-by-step’. Readers ask questions all the time about buying from Blue Nile, so be sure to check out our recent diamond Q&A!
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