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When you’re purchasing a high priced item like a 1 Carat Diamond Ring, you want to make sure you’re getting the maximum value for your money. To find an extraordinary, head-turning 1 Carat Diamond Ring, several components must be considered.
A wide range of 1 Carat Diamonds exist both in online markets and local stores. Not only are there significant differences in beauty among these diamonds, there are significant differences in price as well.
And a higher price doesn’t always mean a better diamond.
A 1 Carat Diamond simply refers to the weight of the diamond. 1 Carat equals 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams. To put it in perspective, a 1 Carat Diamond weighs roughly the same as a quarter of a raisin.
In terms of pricing, diamonds are all priced per carat. For example, a 0.50 carat diamond may have a price of $1,400 per carat. The diamond’s price for the stone would be $1,400 x 0.50, equaling $700.
In addition, diamond prices per carat increase as you reach higher weight categories. Diamond prices increase exponentially with weight because of the diamond’s higher weight value and the higher price per carat for the increased weight category.
We stress the word ‘categories,’ as prices per carat do not continually increase as weight is increased. Diamonds are retail products driven more by emotion than reason.
For example, a 0.99 Carat Diamond is worth only about 1% more than a similar diamond weighing 0.98 Carat. A 1.00 Carat Diamond, however, is worth about 20% more than a similar 0.99 Carat Diamond. The price goes up significantly because it can now be classified as a “1.00 Carat Diamond,” or because it is now three full digits.
Such large pricing jumps are subjective–because with diamonds, it’s all about the feelings. This quirk of “feelings” within the diamond business is the sole reason there are many poor cut diamonds on the market.
We’re here to help you avoid purchasing one of those diamonds.
The world of diamond dealers is vast, but don’t let that intimidate you. Many high-quality and honest diamond sellers can be found online and in stores.
For 1 Carat Diamonds, we recommend finding an online seller as they tend to have a larger selection of quality 1 Carat Diamonds than local stores. With the online option, you have a greater chance of finding an exquisite diamond at an exceptional price.
With our years of experience in the diamond industry, we’ve been able to vet several diamond dealers. We have a consistent pulse on which companies you can trust and which companies produce the best diamond cuts at an excellent price point.
We highly recommend the following sellers for a 1 Carat Diamond:
If you’re using these diamond dealers or any others, keep the following in mind:
While it’s easy to mistake Diamond Carat for Diamond Size, it’s a pitfall that can just as easily be avoided.
Diamond Carat refers specifically to the weight of the diamond. It does not impact table surface area, depth or other shape features. A larger carat does not mean a larger sized diamond.
Size, on the other hand, has to do with the visual appearance of the diamond. For example, a Marquise Shaped Diamond will likely appear larger than a Round Brilliant Cut in the same carat only because of its elongated shape.
Various components, such as surface area and depth play into the diamond’s size. Thus, two diamonds of the same carat usually appear different in size depending on shape design and cut quality.
When looking at the 4 C’s (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight) of a 1 Carat Diamond, an important area to consider is Clarity. This factor dictates how many inclusions, surface defects (or blemishes) and extra facets are present in the diamond.
Similar to our recommendations for Diamond Color, we suggest reviewing the Clarity of a diamond yourself or asking for assistance from an expert. What the naked eye can see is more important than simply a GIA Grade rating.
For instance, a low clarity eye-clean diamond will look identical to a flawless diamond assuming all else is equal (yet will cost far, far less).
Currently the only vendor offering sufficiently high quality images on all of their diamonds for reviewing Clarity is James Allen. With their technology, you are able to find this beautiful SI2 diamond that saves you almost 25% over a mediocre VS2.
The GIA scale of diamond clarity ranges from best to worst: Internally Flawless (IF), Very Very Small Inclusions 1 (VVS1), Very Very Small Inclusions 2 (VVS2), Very Small Inclusions 1 (VS1), Very Small Inclusions 2 (VS2), Small Inclusions 1 (SI1), Small Inclusions 2 (SI2), Inclusions 1 (I1), Inclusions 2 (I2).
For a 1 Carat Diamond, we generally recommend a minimum of a VS2 grade, as most inclusions and blemishes will be invisible to the naked eye. You may be able to find a SI1 with inclusions near the edges of the diamond–that, depending on shape, may be covered by the setting prongs.
The maximum Clarity rating, within a reasonable budget, will usually be a VVS2, which provides no inclusions or blemishes to the naked eye.
Remember though that an eye-clean diamond is most important when it comes to Clarity, so be sure to review it yourself or have an expert assist you.
A well cut 1 Carat Diamond with a beautifully designed setting will look stunning in any Diamond Shape. As such, Diamond Shape is primarily selected based on personal preference and style.
For those concerned with the size appearance of the diamond, there is a surface area difference amongst 1 Carat Diamond shapes. Depending on their differing table sizes (the top, flat leveled surface of a diamond), the 1 Carat may seem larger.
Our chart below gives you insight into surface area differences among Diamond Shapes:
|Diamond Shape||Approximate Table Surface for 1 Carat|
|Round Brilliant Cut||6.5×6.5mm|
|Pear Shaped Diamond||9.05×5.45mm|
|Heart Shaped Diamond||6.56×6.56mm|
When looking at a range of 1 Carat Diamonds, one of the 4 C’s to note is Color.
The GIA grades color on a scale from D to Z, with D being the most clear, colorless diamond, and Z being a diamond with easily noticeable yellow or brown tint.
In addition to the GIA Color Grading, review the diamond’s pictures and videos yourself–or have an expert assist you.
“Most people find it very difficult (if not impossible) to tell the difference from one color grade to another. The difference in price, however, can be significant.”
For this reason, looking at the diamond carefully is usually the best indicator of Color quality. Most importantly, ensure the diamond looks white in relation to its setting. For example, here is a stunning K color diamond in a yellow gold solitaire setting. Normally, a K color diamond would have a yellowish tint–but because it’s contrasted to something darker (the yellow gold), it appears clear and vibrant.
On the other hand, here is a similar K color diamond in a halo setting. As you can see, the tint of the K diamond is easily noticed.
The better a round diamond’s cut is (for example, a Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows Diamond, which is the best there is), the harder it is to discern color. For this reason, it’s more important to focus on Cut quality than on Color.
However, in general, we recommend a 1 Carat Diamond be in the nearly colorless G-I range. To the naked eye, it will appear just as colorless as diamonds in the D-F range but cost far less.
For more detail on Diamond Color and our recommendations, be sure to check out our Diamond Color Guide.
Our main goal is to help people find radiant, high-quality diamonds at an exceptional value. We want you to find a stunning diamond without paying more than you should.
To ensure your diamond is exactly what the diamond dealer is stating, ensure the diamond comes with either a GIA or ASG certificate. The GIA and ASG are the two renowned and well-respected diamond grading entities that issue accurate and consistent reports for diamonds.
If a diamond seller is trying to convince you to purchase a diamond with a different lab grading entity, politely decline their invitation. The actual quality of those diamonds are much less than what they’re portraying to be “true.”
To select an exquisite 1 Carat Diamond at the best value, follow our expert recommendations:
Searching for a 1 Carat Diamond Ring may seem daunting at first, but with the information in this price guide, you’ll be able to select a brilliant diamond at an excellent price from a reliable diamond dealer.
If you’d like assistance in finding the perfect diamond, contact our Diamond experts today and we will get started on your search right away.
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