Diamond Size and Weight Buying Guide

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I’m sure you want to purchase the perfect stone for an absolutely gorgeous engagement ring. Diamonds come in many shapes, sizes and weights.

Want some tips to determine what you need? Read up on this list!

Although it is a common misconception that size and carat are interchangeable, they do relate to each other. Size is how big the diamond appears, carat refers to the weight. Meaning that a diamond can appear larger or smaller depending on the cut, even if the weight is exactly the same.

Let’s break this down some more.

Size is how large or small the stone is. This is a fairly simple idea, because you can easily look at an object and tell its size.

Carat is harder because it is weight. And different weights cost different amounts. Each carat is divided into 100 points of light, (angles) more or less. So a 75-point diamond would be ¾ of a carat, and a 1 and ½ carat stone would be 150 points. You get the idea.

As for shape, stones can be cut in such a way that a small diamond can appear larger because of a great cut on the rock. An excellent cut will reflect light and it is common knowledge that the more light something holds, the larger it looks. So it is a good idea to invest in a fantastically cut stone.

So, Let’s Talk Money.

The amount you will pay for a diamond will usually be based off of carat, cut, color and clarity. For our purposes, we will stick to talking about carat and cut.

If your price range is below $1,000.00, a small diamond may be purchased, but it will most likely be under a carat if you want a good quality one. Chances are you will receive a stone 50 points or below. This can still be very beautiful, though! When you have the diamond made into a ring, make sure the setting compliments the stone and makes it appear larger.

Look for a setting that will lift the stone up higher. Another option is to go for a shape that makes the diamond appear larger. Stay away from circular shapes and opt for a lengthier one that lends more to the overall effect.

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Between $1,000 and $5,000? This gives you a bit more wiggle room to look for the right carat and cut, as well as add some fancy extras to the ring. For this price a 1 carat diamond or more is completely possible. For 1-2,000 you may get under a carat, but you will most likely find a good cut and other important factors. For budgets above this price, you will be able to ensure a higher quality piece.

If what you are willing to spend ranges beyond these figures, you may be able to afford a great 1.5, 2 or 3 carat stone. The more carats, the higher the price for the rock. Your budget and style are the only limits.

Another important thing to remember is that it is not always about the carat or cut. The originality, creativity and love behind the ring is also incredibly important. Think about your future fiancé and what matters to her. Some girls want a certain shape but couldn’t care less about the diamond weight.

For others, the carat matters more than other things. Maybe she just wants it to sparkle in the light. You know your lady, so decide based on what she will like, not on what you think is important, or to impress others who won’t even be wearing it. This is strictly between you and your spouse to be!

And finally, don’t forget that this is about your engagement! Yes, it is important to determine the quality of the stone you purchase, but this is a symbol of your life together. She will wear this forever!

Make it personal and meaningful by adding touches that she will love such as an inscription, a color she adores, or making sure it fits her finger the first time. This is a special moment for both of you, reflect on that as you shop for the perfect diamond for the love of your life.