For many women, a diamond’s size should be determined by her hand.
Some people believe that the bigger the size, the better the diamond. The size you purchase should be a factor not only of your budget, but also of the preferences of your fiancé.
The other Cs - Clarity, Color and Cut - also influence a diamond’s price. A large stone looks out of place on a petite hand, whereas a tiny stone may be lost or insignificant on a larger finger.
The stone’s shape should also be proportioned to the hand, which may allow a smaller carat weight to look lovelier than a large stone with an improper shape.
Diamond clarity is critical for engagement rings; most stones have various types
Inclusions are additional minerals that may cause a streak or stripe through the stone, and fractures are miniscule cracks and splits that look like tiny crystals, clouds or feathers. Clarity is the scale of perfection established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) that measures the number and magnitude of flaws in a diamond. Diamonds are graded for clarity under 10x loupe magnification. Grades range from Internally Flawless diamonds that are completely free of blemishes to Imperfect 3 diamonds that possess large, heavy defects visible to the naked eye; we don’t sell or trade with I-3 diamonds.
The most common clarity grading are VS2, SI1 and SI2. These stones are in the middle of the scale for flaws - not totally flawless and yet not having lot of flaws. That makes them affordable for many, and depending on the cut and setting of the stone, many of the flaws may not be noticeable.
Many people may not notice slight shades of color, and lower grade stones are less
expensive even when the difference isn’t immediately noticeable. The average
color for engagement diamonds is G to H. The next popular group is I-J because they
are more affordable. Some people even prefer heavily colored stones because they
are more unique in engagement settings.
A diamond's color grade affects its price, but it isn't the most important diamond characteristic to consider before purchasing a diamond. If your budget prevents you from buying a D through F graded diamond it does not mean you can't own a beautiful gemstone. Diamond grades G through J can be fine gems and other grades may be perfectly suitable. We will be glad to help you evaluate and select the best diamond for your needs.