Picking the Best Diamond Cut and Color

by on June 18, 2014

Finding the right diamond engagement ring can feel like a daunting task, as it will be an expensive endeavor and hopefully one item that your future wife will cherish for the rest of her life and your life together.

Diamonds are so different that a diamond ring with a two-carat stone could cost anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars to more than $20,000. The big question many have when buying a diamond is what determines the price.

Before heading out to purchase the ring a basic understanding about diamonds will


make it easier to find the one that best fits your current budget and your wife to be’s heart.

There are four basic features of diamonds that determine their price: cut, clarity, color and carat weight.

Typically, the cut of a diamond will have the biggest overall impact on its final price. The cut generally will determine between 25% and 50% of the cost.

Carat weight will influence the prices by between 10% and 20%. Clarity and color each will make up between 10% and 15% of the diamond’s overall price.

Some people when looking for an engagement ring want to buy the biggest rock they can afford. However, if value is what you are looking for, then carat weight should be the last feature to consider.

A diamond’s sparkle or brilliance is directly affected by the way the gem is cut. If the thought is to splurge on one of the C’s in diamond quality, then the cut is the one to spend your money on.

A diamond that is smaller in carat weight can give an appearance of being larger if it is cut correctly.

Frank, at Gesner Estate Jewelry said “Finding the highest cut within budget and trading down in clarity and color is the best approach.”

Although the diamond’s cut is a measure of great importance in its overall quality, some jewelers are not open to revealing the rating of the cut. If the jeweler does not give you the cut rating, be sure the question is asked.

The color rating of the diamond begins with its highest grade, which is “D,” and is a colorless or white diamond. The rating for color goes from there until Z.


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