Setting & DiamondSetting & Diamond

Purchasing an Engagement Ring

Ring Setting + Center Stone = Engagement Ring

Let’s talk about the exciting engagement ring purchasing experience!

Engagement rings are made up of two parts: the setting (or mounting) and the center stone (most commonly, a diamond). The price you see listed on our site is the price of the setting only. This price does not include the center stone. While some may find this challenging, we think it is the most exciting part about shopping with us! The selection of your center stone is a personalized part of purchasing an engagement ring at DG’s. This is an opportunity to select a gemstone that’s special for the one you love, a stone that matches her style, personality and preferences. Keep reading to learn more.

Step One is Choosing a Ring Setting

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The selection you see here is merely a glimpse into our abundant showcases; the options are infinite. We hope you’ll be inspired by what you see. We’d love to transform a ring that excites you into the ring of your dreams. David Gardner’s specializes in custom engagement and personalization; feel free to schedule an appointment for a consultation for a custom ring!

Step Two is Choosing a Center Diamond

While you can easily find the price of a ring setting, the price of a center stone is another story. For instance a one carat diamond can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 depending on several different factors listed below!

How are diamonds graded?


The cut of a diamond refers to how well the diamond’s facets interact with light, the proportions of the diamond, and the overall finish of the diamond. It is not to be confused with the shape (like emerald or round), or facet arrangement (like brilliant or step cut), but is instead a reference to the craftmanship of the diamond and how it factors into the diamond’s brilliance.

Keep in mind that a well-cut diamond will have more life and sparkle than one with a lesser quality cut. And, if you compare a well-cut small diamond side by side with a slightly larger diamond, the smaller diamond may look larger to the naked eye.

Cut Scale


The Color of a diamond actually refers to the lack of color in a diamond, with perfectly colorless diamonds considered the highest quality with the highest value, and brown or yellow diamonds being the lowest quality. However, many people like the warmth of a faint to light yellow or brown diamond. If that describes you, then you can find great value in that type of diamond.

Overall, it’s important to have your diamonds graded by a credential expert or a reputable diamond grading laboratory that understands ideal diamond color.

Color Scale


Clarity is the state of being clear or transparent. Diamond clarity is the presence or absence of characteristics called inclusions in the diamond. When grading the clarityof a diamond, the lab determines the relative visibility of the inclusions in a diamond and their impact on the overall visual appearance. So, what are these inclusions that affect clarity? In short, inclusions are the internal or external flaws of the diamond. The size and severity of these flaws determines the grade.

Clarity Scale


Carat is the unit of measurement for the physical weight of diamonds. One carat equals 0.200 grams or 1/5 gram and is subdivided into 100 points. Carat weight is the most objective of the diamond’s 4Cs. All that is required is a precisely balanced scale capable of measuring extremely small weights.

Carat Weight


Buying a diamond can be intimidating. Finding a beautiful diamond is easy; finding the right one for your taste and budget is more of a challenge. After all, diamonds are expensive. You want assurance that the quality you’ve paid for is the quality you are getting.

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