Visually, there are very few differences between a diamond that weighs 0.95 or 1.0 carat. To maximize your value for money choose a slightly smaller size diamond because the price of a diamond will increase at the half and full carat mark. This strategy will result in significant savings for you.
Do not consider the weight of a diamond alone without taking into account the measurement (usually in millimetres) of the top of the diamond along with the cut grade. The reason for that is that most of the weight could be at the bottom of the diamond which is not visible.
The colour of a diamond is considered to be its second most important characteristic. But don’t confuse colour with sparkle. Sparkle is dependent on the cut so you should consider colour after choosing the cut.
The greater the carat, the more noticeable the colour is. This is most critical for diamonds weighing 2 carats or more.
When considering a diamond’s colour, keep in mind that the difference between a G and H or an I and J is too minute for the naked eye to detect, yet the difference in classification can result in significant cost savings.
A diamond’s shape can also affect the perception of colour. For instance, round or princess shaped diamonds that reflect more light than other shapes can mask some unwanted colour in a diamond.
The type of metal used in the diamond setting can enhance its colour and overall beauty. For example, white gold and platinum best complement diamonds with colour grades D through H, whereas colour grades I through J are best set in yellow gold.
A good cut is critical to the appearance of a diamond. For instance, if light leaks from the bottom, it will cause the diamond to look dull and glass-like and may even create dark areas.
Do not confuse shape and cut. While shape describes a diamond’s form such as round, oval, or marquis, cut refers to the diamond’s sparkle created by the light return.
Because a well-cut diamond has more sparkle, it will appear larger than its carat weight.
The value and cost of a diamond are highly dependent upon the cut grade because of the skill required in cutting and shaping the diamond. To ensure the beauty of the diamond, it is important to choose the highest cut grade within your budget.
Of the many variables to consider when purchasing a diamond, the least critical is clarity. This is because the imperfections in a diamond are too small to be seen by the naked eye.
Often, any imperfections can be placed at the bottom or before the claws so they are not noticeable. This can save you a lot of money.
The bigger the diamond, the bigger the facets, so clarity becomes more important and purchasing a higher clarity grade should be considered.
Razi Mizrahi is a professional, experienced and reliable jewellery wholesaler selling diamonds, engagement and wedding rings, and gold, silver and platinum fine jewellery. Razi also specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality estate/vintage jewellery on consignment.
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