Is it better to have a bigger diamond or a better quality diamond?
When it comes to purchasing a diamond (whether a jewellery piece, or even a very special ring!), one of the most common dilemmas is whether to opt for a larger stone or a diamond of better quality. When weighing up which option is right for you and your budget, there are some things to consider. This article goes over what you should consider before purchasing.
1. The 4 Cs: understanding what makes a diamond
The key to making an informed decision about diamond size versus quality lies in understanding the 4 Cs of diamonds: Carat, Cut, Colour, and Clarity.
- Carat: Carat refers to the size or weight of the diamond. Oftentimes, a larger carat weight results in a bigger diamond (and increases the price).
- Cut: The cut determines the diamond’s brilliance and overall appearance. A well-cut diamond can make it appear larger and more sparkly.
- Colour: Diamonds are graded on a colour scale from D (clear and colourless – a classic, perfect diamond) to Z (light yellow or brown). Colourless diamonds are typically more valuable (though some people may prefer the unique look of coloured diamonds).
- Clarity: Clarity refers to the presence of internal or external flaws, known as inclusions or blemishes, respectively. Higher clarity grades indicate fewer imperfections, and therefore a higher quality (and more expensive) diamond.
2. The balance between size and quality
Now that you understand the 4 Cs, let’s explore how they impact the choice between a bigger diamond and one of better quality:
- Carat vs. Cut: A well-cut diamond can make the stone appear larger than its carat weight suggests. Therefore, investing in a well-cut diamond can give you the illusion of a larger stone without sacrificing quality.
- Carat vs. Colour: The colour of a diamond is noticeable to the naked eye, so consider striking a balance between carat weight and colour. Depending on your preferences, you may opt for a slightly smaller diamond with better colour.
- Carat vs. Clarity: Like colour, clarity is noticeable without magnification. However, some inclusions may not be visible to the naked eye. You can choose a diamond with slightly lower clarity – if the inclusions are not apparent to you without magnification.
3. Personal preferences and budget
Your choice should ultimately align with your personal preferences and budget. Some individuals prioritize a larger diamond because they want it to stand out, while others value the brilliance and purity of a higher-quality stone.
There are also some other factors to consider. For example:
- Finger size: Larger hands may complement a larger diamond, while smaller hands may benefit from a more modest-sized but higher-quality stone. A huge diamond may even look ‘too much’ on a small hand.
- Budget: Determine how much you’re willing to spend and find the best compromise between size and quality within your budget.
- Style: Consider the setting and design of the ring. Some settings may accommodate larger stones, while others may emphasize the diamond’s brilliance. You can also opt for a setting (such as a halo style) that enhances the magnitude of the cental stone – making it appear larger than it actually is.
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