One has a 6.30mm diameter, and the larger stone is only one tenth of a millimeter bigger. These two stones currently trade at more than a 25% difference in price simply due to supply and demand, and the psychology behind buying a full carat diamond.
Price per carat changes between weight steps or weight classes and increases exponentially. The weight steps that have a larger effect on the price per carat are the following: 0.50ct, 0.75ct, 1.00ct, 1.25ct, 1.50ct, 1.75ct, 2ct, and so on with each full quarter carat increase. To save money, you can shop just under a weight class. For example, choosing a 0.95ct over a 1ct, or a 1.90ct instead of a 2ct diamond.
4. Diamond Specs
Just as carat weight can be deceiving, color is not always as objective as you think either. A G color diamond isn’t always more colorless and brighter than a H color diamond. A H color diamond with nice medium fluorescence can look brighter and cost much less than a G color diamond with no fluorescence. The best way to do these comparisons and determine the best value for you is to see the options side by side. We encourage you to decide on a budget, keep an open mind on grading specs, and then let your eyes determine the most attractive diamond for your budget.
The setting is how you want to showcase your diamond. It has the ability to enhance all the beautiful attributes of your diamond and present your diamond in the best way. It’s also your diamond’s home and an extension of how you choose to protect its quality and value.
Clients usually want to choose an engagement ring setting as special and unique as the diamond they’ve chosen. We work with all of our clients to provide top quality craftsmanship, expert service, inspired design, and post-purchase warranty that instills confidence in their selection.
Diamond fluorescence refers to the bluish glow some diamonds exhibit under ultraviolet (UV) light. The textbook thinking on fluorescence is that it is a flaw, but we believe there’s nuance to consider with fluorescence.
Most of the time, fluorescence is invisible in daylight. In fact, GIA research has shown that certified diamond graders cannot perceive fluorescence without a black light. Also, for the average observer, none were able to recognize any blue fluorescence when presented with diamonds known to fluoresce.
Furthermore, some fluorescence actually enhances the look of the diamond by making it appear brighter. In the industry, this is often called good fluorescence. Not only can good fluorescence make the diamond look brighter, it can also improve visible color. Since most color in a diamond is yellowish in nature, a blue fluorescence will cancel that out resulting in a more colorless appearance.
So for example, a K color diamond with good medium fluorescence can make the diamond look just as white/colorless as a G or H color diamond. We think that makes this a perfect combination because you pay for a K color diamond, but get the look of a G color diamond.
And as a final note on fluorescence, lab-grown diamonds (other than fancy color lab-grown diamonds) never have fluorescence. We think in time this fact could make fluorescence in a natural diamond a more desirable and valuable trait since it serves as a natural differentiator to lab-grown diamonds.