Hi, I have a few questions for the process of setting a loose diamond.
Context: I just bought a loose diamond online (1.15ct ) for an engagement ring, and there are a few things I want to clarify:
1. Was this a good deal? $ 5,600 for this: [https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=6285302903#](Https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=6285302903#)
2. The diamond is GIA certified as advertised on the site and comes with the certificate. Do I need to get another opinion to ensure authenticity?
3. I have read that it is a bad idea to bring a loose diamond and setting to a local jeweler and ask for them just to put the stone in place as it is likely that the jeweler does not or charges quite a prize for this. Is it true?
4. If the above is a bad idea, is the process of working with a local jeweler to create a setting? I already know I want a halo setting with sidestones, but I wonder if it’s a costly ask for a local jeweler (budget is around $ 1.2k ).
Thanks to everyone who answers in advance. I am quite a beginner and would appreciate any advice.