You’ve finally been able to save up enough to buy a diamond engagement ring and pop the question. A congratulations is definitely in order, but, at the same time, we would like to tell you that a complicated task is lying in front of you. Choosing a diamond engagement ring can be quite troublesome as you need to consider what your partner would like and, of course, you also need to have at least some knowledge about diamonds or you could be easily ripped off and waste the money you saved up during the last couple of months – or even years for some people. A popular choice amongst people who would like to buy a beautiful ring, but without having access to thousands of dollars, is a one carat diamond engagement ring. In this post, we’d like to help you buy the perfect one carat diamond ring by giving you some vital tips that will help you make a better decision.
How A One Carat Diamond Is Graded And Priced
The carat weight of a diamond has a significant effect on how much it will cost once it has been fitted into an engagement ring. Each carat refers to a total weight gain of 200 milligrams. The higher the carat weight, the higher the price. Carat weight, however, is not the only factor that an appraiser looks at when they determine how much a diamond is worth. The diamond grading system is often called the “4 Cs of the diamond”, and the carat weight is only one of the 4 Cs that are considered in the international grading system. Apart from the carat weight, the following factors are also taken into account when the value of a diamond is determined by a professional appraiser.
- How well the has been cut – Also simply called the “cut quality”, this aspect also plays an important part in the determination of the diamond’s overall value. A diamond with a good quality cut often expresses more brilliance and sparkle than a diamond with a lower quality cut. For this reason, it is a good idea to opt for a higher quality cut – but, at the same time, it is not essential to opt for a diamond with an “excellent” cut quality as the difference between “excellent” and “very good” can often only be observed by a professional diamond expert.
- The clarity of the diamond – The “clarity grade” of a diamond also has quite a significant importance on the final value of the diamond. The clarity grade refers to the amount of imperfections that can be seen at 10x magnification by a professional diamond appraiser, as well as to the naked eye. When imperfections, such as blemishes and inclusions, can be observed without the need for 10x magnification, the diamond is rated between I1 and I3 (Included, Grade 1 to 3). If the diamond does contain imperfections that can only be seen when 10x magnification is applied, then the diamond is graded between VVS1 and VS2. A diamond that does not have inclusions is rated FL or IF.
- The color of the diamond – Finally, the diamond’s color is also considered during the appraisal process. Diamond color is graded between D and Z. A D rated diamond has absolutely no color tones and a z rated diamond has more significant amounts of yellow tones.
A one carat diamond offers the perfect entry into the more expensive diamond market, with the perfect combination between size and affordability. Unfortunately, if you are not educated about such a diamond, you can be ripped off quite easily. Simply follow the guidance we have provided you with in this post to help you buy the perfect one carat diamond engagement ring without paying too much.