Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring: Insider Tips!
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Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring: Insider Tips!

Easy tips for understanding the 4 C's and how you can save time and expense!
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Last updated 6/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 21 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how to look at diamond engagement rings, choose a beautiful diamond with less stress, and have more assurance in what you are really paying for.
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  • No prior knowledge necessary.

Learn how to understand the 4 Cs, choose the best metal for your engagement ring, and avoid being taken advantage of by sales associates. This course covers the following as they regard to choosing the best engagement ring for your partner. 

  • Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight
  • Gold vs. Platinum
  • Insurance and Maintenance 
  • Insider Tips!
Who is the target audience?
  • Men and women looking to understand diamonds in order to save time and money when purchasing an engagement ring.
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
The 4 C's: What they really mean and what is most desirable in your diamond
8 Lectures 39:25

This section will go over the basics of the 4 C's and how they affect a diamond's beauty and price.

Preview 00:16

The cut of a diamond refers to its shape but also its symmetry. This lecture will cover:

  • The grading scale for cut
  • How symmetry affects Brilliance 
  • How cut affects price
Preview 04:07

Clarity refers to how clear or included a diamond is. This lecture will cover:

  • Inclusions and how they affect the diamond's beauty
  • How clarity affects price
  • The grading scale for clarity 
Preview 08:53

Color refers to the overall body of the diamond. This lecture will cover: 

  • What determines diamond color
  • How diamond color is affected by its setting
  • How color affects price 
  • The grading scale for color
Color: Is that diamond yellow?

Carat weight is purely the amount of diamond present. Be careful when buying diamonds online! 

  • What size does to the price
  • Weight vs. Diameter
Carat weight: Magic Pricing as it relates to size

A summary of the most important factors to look for in each C of your diamond. 

4 C Summary

Fancy shapes are any shape of diamond other than a round brilliant. This lecture will cover:

  • Different diamond shapes
  • Pros to each shape
  • Features to be aware of for each shape
Fancy Shapes: Not looking for a round brilliant?

Diamond certificates and diamond grading reports are useful, but be wary of folks who use it as a selling point. This lecture will help you understand how you can use certificates to your benefit. 

Certificates: Do grade reports matter?
Rings: Metals, Durability, and Care
6 Lectures 19:53

This section will go over the most common jewelry metals and the characteristics of each type. It will also explain how to care for the metals and types of settings that hold your diamond. 

Preview 00:11

There are several settings available but this lecture will cover the most common settings. 

  • Differences between settings
  • Pros and cons to each
Settings: Prongs, Bezels, and Tensions...What about "pavé"?

This lecture will explain Carat vs. Karat and what the purity of each metal is in your ring. 

  • What are you paying for in a ring
  • Differences between platinum and gold
Platinum vs. Gold: Metal purity

This lecture will cover the durability of each metal as it relates to average wear and individual metal characteristics. 

Platinum vs. Gold: Durability and Wear

Maintenance is an important part of your ring purchase. This lecture will cover:

  • Maintenance plans offered by jewelry stores
  • How to clean your ring at home
  • How often to check your ring 
  • General Do's and Don'ts
How to care for your diamond ring: Cleaning and Maintenance

Insurance is completely separate from maintenance. This lecture will cover:

  • The difference between maintenance and insurance
  • Who to ask about insurance for your ring
Insurance: Coverage for loss or theft
Getting the most for your $$$
4 Lectures 09:09

This lecture reviews the key factors that drive the price of diamonds and how you can save $ with each 'C'.

Price factors, how to save $$$

This lecture explains what a reasonable negotiation on price is for a diamond depending on its size and quality. 

Negotiating for a great price

This lecture explains the difference between a discount, a sale, and a mark down. Avoid playing the price game. 

Discounts, sales, and mark downs

Discounts sound great but remember you get what you pay for. This lecture covers:

  • What a good 'deal' is
  • How to avoid sales traps
  • Why quality is better than a 'great' price
How to avoid getting ripped off
About the Instructor
Samantha Westerwelle
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Registered Jeweler

Through several GIA and AGS courses, I have learned the scientific beauty behind diamonds. The way they are mined, cut, and set into rings is a process most can only scrape the surface of. While I can nerd out on facet junctions and refractive indexes all day, I recognize over half of the people who purchase a diamond for their engagement ring don't really want the lab definition of brilliance. What they do want is to find a beautiful diamond for their engagement ring that will knock the socks off of their partners and to not get ripped off in the process.

In my studies and career in luxury jewelry I have found simple explanations for diamond qualities and ring characteristics to help people searching for the perfect engagement ring have less stress and more knowledge about what they are buying.