Engagement, How to buy a diamond

The Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring

Buying an engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of love and commitment, but where do you go when you want to make this huge, and typically expensive, purchase? While there are no shortage of options online and plenty of brick and mortar jewelers available, it is important for couples to understand what options are available in order to choose the right jeweler when the time comes. So, if you’re asking the question “What’s the best place to buy an engagement ring?” then take a look at our handy guide, and see what works best for you.

Buying an Engagement Ring: Online vs. Store

While there are many brands and jewelers available, the first decision you must make is whether you want to purchase your ring online or in a traditional store. Both options have their pros and cons, and we’ll break it down for you.

First, is it safe to buy an engagement ring online? Yes! You’ll want to research the brand you choose to work with before going forward with any big purchase. But online jewelers provide fail-safe insurance on your package. Clean Origin shipments are 100% insured to give you pure peace of mind. For your protection, Clean Origin always:

  • Insures and registers all items for their full value.
  • Requires that all deliveries are made to a physical business or home address only. We do not ship to P.O. Box addresses.
  • Requires an adult to sign for the delivery of all orders.

If you need to arrange a special shipment location to ensure the surprise isn’t spoiled, our team is happy to work with you on shipping to an alternate address. Although we do not ship to P.O. Boxes, we are more than happy to arrange pick-up at a secure Fedex facility. This is a huge purchase you’re making, and you want to ensure that whatever online retailer you go with, they provide you with a clear outline of how you will receive your package. 

At Clean Origin, we have a veteran team with over 100 years of combined industry experience. We believe that buying an engagement ring online is often the best place to buy an engagement ring, and generally the most affordable, too. With every ring and diamond option available, as well as instant customization, you are able to build her dream ring in just a short amount of time. As opposed to a traditional jewelry store, which may only have a few settings in the metal color you desire or only round diamonds available to view on a specific setting. Every single setting and diamond that we offer online is available at your fingertips to view. Clean Origin, and many other online retailers, offer 360º views of both the diamond and setting options, so you can see exactly what you would see in person.

The cost of the ring you purchase is probably the most important factor you’re considering. A huge benefit of buying your future fiances ring online is that it can be much less expensive than a traditional retail store. The reason for this is because of how much overhead there is for diamonds that are sold and distributed in-stores (particularly mined diamonds) — online vendors (especially direct-to-consumer companies like us) are able to sell diamonds at a much lower price. And you’ll save even more if you choose to purchase a lab-grown diamond, which are 20-40% less expensive than a mined diamond. This lower cost is due to the shorter supply chain, where the mining process is removed, and the diamond has to go through fewer hands to get to you! Also, when you purchase an engagement ring online, you see the exact breakdown cost of your ring, giving you full transparency and no hidden costs. 

The downside of buying a diamond online is that you can’t actually hold or wear the diamond in person until you purchase and receive the ring, and want more than the view online. While we understand that buying an engagement ring may cause some uncertainty, we recommend that you do your research to ensure you’re working with a reputable and reliable brand. Read reviews online and closely read their return, exchange, and shipping policies before moving forward with any brand. That way if you purchase a ring, and decide it’s not 100% perfect, you’re easily able to communicate with the brand’s customer service and make changes, hassle-free.

Clean Origin is proud to offer a 100-day return policy, whereas most online retailers allow around 30 days. This lets you and your partner feel that everything is 100% right. We will also pay for the cost of return shipping on all ring and loose lab-created diamond returns by providing you with a prepaid Fed-Ex return shipping label, along with instructions on how to prepare your return. However, not all brands offer this, and for that reason, we encourage you to do your research if you choose to purchase online!

Mined Diamond Engagement Rings vs. Lab-grown Engagement Rings

Depending on what type of diamond your future fiance wants, that will affect where you can purchase the diamond. At Clean Origin, we are proud to only offer 100% lab-grown diamonds. We allow you to also buy loose lab-grown diamonds, if you’d like to use a setting we don’t sell, use a family heirloom, etc. And we’ll help you every step of the way to ensure the diamond fits in any setting you choose. Our commitment to ensuring the best possible experience for you and your significant other is what makes Clean Origin the best place to buy lab-created diamonds online.

Many diamond retailers offer both lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds. However, there are retailers that use a combination of both mined and lab-grown diamonds on engagement rings, which is a huge red flag. Make sure that if you’re choosing to have a center lab-grown diamond, any accent diamonds, on the band, or surrounding the diamond, like a halo setting, are also 100% lab-grown diamonds. If you choose to purchase a mined diamond or another gemstone, you can find these online as well as in stores. However, we wholeheartedly encourage everyone to do their own research into the difference between lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds, as it might surprise you.

Beyond the fact that lab-grown diamonds are better for the environment, Clean Origin loves lab-grown diamonds because of the many benefits that we can give to our customers. First, they are 20-40% less expensive than mined diamonds. This means that you can purchase a bigger diamond, a better quality diamond, or a more elaborate setting and style for less money than you’d pay for a mined diamond. However, it’s also important to know that not all diamonds, lab, or mined are priced equally. Let’s compare a few brands:

Comparing a 1 CT lab-grown, round brilliant diamond with an ideal cut, G color, and VVS2 quality (as of June 2020):

BrandCarat SizeQualityPrice
Clean Origin1.00Ideal$2,375
Brilliant Earth1.00Ideal$2,450
Miadonna1.01 (1.0 not available)Ideal$2,705
With Clarity1.01 (1.0 not available)Excellent (ideal not offered)$2,068

Comparing our Clean Origin lab-grown diamonds to competitors mined diamonds, with similar factors, will show a much different result:

BrandCarat SizeQualityPrice
Clean Origin1.00Ideal$2,375
Brilliant Earth1.00Ideal$6,375
James Allen1.00Excellent$5,430
With Clarity1.00Excellent (ideal not offered)$5,656

As you can see, the price will range greatly depending on the 4c’s, what brand you choose, and whether you go with a lab-grown or mined diamond for your future fiance’s engagement ring.

So, what’s the best place to buy an engagement ring? In the end, it all comes down to which option best meets your needs. If you’re interested in a wider selection and a better chance at staying within your budget — not to mention the opportunity to top your ring with an ethical lab-grown diamond — then online is probably best for you.