Hello all, I’m new to the site and I am looking for advice/words of caution on how to find a ruby of high value, how to set said stone properly, what sort of cut, whether I should only consider GIA certificated stones, whether a local jeweler would be a good place to start, etc.
Or in other words, please someone with knowledge give me a primer that helps me to not needlessly blow all of my money on either a over priced stone, or a leaded glass synthetic. I’ve read many of the articles online for rubies and understand there are plastic color guides from GIA to bring and compare stones to. Is this something I should invest in? I’m looking to spend $15k-$20k on a showcase quality engagement ring.