There still isn’t a hard and fast rule to determine your ring budget. As a general guide: the average diamond purchased for a proposal is H-color, SI1-clarity, and 0.90ct size. That will cost approximately $4,500. However, that is just an average and baed on your partners tastes and preferences that mey not apply to you.
The key is to determine which factors are most important to you (and her). If it is size, scale down on color, if it is clarity, pull down size. There absolutely needs to be a balance.
Spend what you can afford, no more, no less. You have to find that comfort zone that allows you to say you are satisfied and confident with your decision. You are buying a symbol of love, make sure you feel it!
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