Round diamonds are the most popular cut used in engagement rings since they represent timeless beauty and class. Presenting a classic shape and signature sparkle, they are the perfect choice for any piece of jewelry, but especially for engagement rings. This blog post gives you valuable tips on how to choose the right round-cut diamond and setting off for a memorable engagement ring.
Choosing the Perfect Round-Cut Diamond
When it comes to choosing the perfect round-cut diamond, you’ll want to have knowledge of the 3 Cs. The 3 Cs are the standard way used to identify the quality and value of a diamond. The 3 Cs are Cut, Carat and Clarity.
Cut, in plain terms, means a diamond’s overall shape. However, in this case, it means how meticulously the diamond was cut. Cut is by far the most important of the 3 Cs. A meticulously cut diamond will sparkle brilliantly. Poorly cut diamonds on the other hand have little sparkle, and they even look smaller. The cut grade you go with has to be ideal for your round-cut diamond.
Carat is the standard measure of a diamond’s weight. Not all diamonds with same carat weight will have the same visual size (how large the diamond looks). Carat is the basis of determining the price of a diamond. Diamonds with more carats are more expensive. Predominantly, 1-carat diamonds are a popular choice for a round diamond ring in the U.S. In Europe, engagement rings are mostly about a half-carat.
The carat weight you pick up for your engagement ring is mainly about taste, and your budget. To save on your engagement ring, buying shy is the catchword. Like for example, if you are considering a 1-carat diamond, look for diamonds in the 0.9-0.99 carat range. In this way you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Moreover, these diamonds will appear the same size as a 1-carat diamond.
Clarity means how many inclusions a diamond has. Inclusions are flaws that naturally occur on the inside of a diamond. As round-cut diamonds can smartly hide inclusions, SI1 or SI2 diamonds can sometimes be eye-clean (means flaws are invisible to the eye). You must view HD imagery of your diamond before buying. Leave out diamonds with inclusions at the center. Diamonds having inclusions on the edge of the stone can be concealed with prongs. To be sure your stone is eye-clean, choose a clarity grade that is at least VS2.
The Final Words
Round-cut diamonds tend to cost 30% more than fancy shapes. To save on your round diamond ring, you may want to consider a lab-grown diamond alternately. Lab-grown diamonds usually cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars less than those that are mined. The best thing is lab-grown diamonds are exactly identical – physically, chemically and optically – to earth-grown diamonds. It is just the origin that makes an earth-grown diamond different to a lab-grown diamond. Now you are well set to start shopping for your round engagement ring.