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What is a 1.5 Carat diamond? 

A 1.5 carat diamond ring is “bullseye” for those who look for more than 1 carat, but still want to stay within their budget. This type of diamond is similar to 2 carat one: difference between theirs diameters in a round cut is only 0.6 mm. Now, let’s compare 1 and 1.5 carat round cut: the difference now is over 1 mm. That’s how you can have visional 2 carat-ish diamond engagement ring and pay for it twice as less. 

As it’s been said earlier, 1.5 carat diamond seems similar to 2 carats. That means 1.5 carat ring will be looking good on any feminine finger – and on miniature hand 1.5 carats seems even larger. This is definitely a win-win situation. 

How do you form the price for 1.5 Carat diamond? 

Diamonds might seem complicated for the first time, and partly they are so. Likely, customer does not need to know much to feel comfortable about pricing. The main point every potential diamond owner should remember is the Diamond “4C” rule. “C”s in this rule are: carat, cut, clarity and color. We will take a brief look upon each of these aspects a bit later.  

Firstly, we all need to memorize: the price of a gem cannot be given by the seller only. 4C are the international diamond standards. Those are marks of approval from world-known diamond-specialized laboratories. One of the most recognizable facilities of such kind is GIA – Gemological Institute of America. GIA examines every diamond and assigns him with unique certificate. Aside clarity, cut, color and carat expertise, GIA also records the whole history of the particular diamond. A diamond without such safeguards probably will not appear to be legal. That is why before buying a diamond customer always has a right to request GIA or another well-respected laboratory certificate. Now, let us fulfill our promise and give you a short course on diamonds. 

Why carat is called carat? How much is in 1.5 carat diamond ring? 

Carat is a well-known word to almost everyone. Most of commoners assume carat is equal to the size of a gem. That is not completely correct. Carat is a unit for diamond weight measurement. It takes its name from Antics, when ancient Greeks were sizing jewels by the Carob tree seed – keration. Merchants of that time were convinced kerations always had had the same size and weight. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Humanity later discovered seeds of Carob are all different – just like any others. However, tradition to name the gemstone weight as Carat remains. 

1 carat nowadays is worldwide stable unit. 1 carat equals 200 milligrams, 0.2 grams or 0.007 ounces – depend on what system you prefer to use. Unit can be divided into 100 points – this was made in terms of measuring “imperfect” stones – such as 1.23 carat diamond, for instance. 

Carat is also important to calculate wholesale price of the gemstone. Jewelry professionals use price per carat to value jewels correctly. Speaking of 1.5 diamond ring, to understand its wholesale price you need to take price per carat and multiply it by 1.5. 

One more curious thing: quantity of carats is not always equal. For example, two 1.5 carat diamonds on a one ring will cost less than 3 carat single stone. 

1.5 Carat diamond Cut 

Diamond is the hardest material on Earth. It takes 1500 points by the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Its closest opponent, corundum, has only 400. In other words, diamonds are extremely difficult to scratch. So difficult, in fact, that only diamond can scratch another diamond. That makes craft of a jewelry master tremendously hard task to successfully achieve. But wait, there is more: only 15% of rough diamonds have a chance to appear in your local store. Just like these factors are not enough, comes a diamond body loss: gemstone usually loses something around half of itself during the procedure. 

There are ten general jewel cut styles masters globally use: 

  • Round; 
  • Oval; 
  • Asscher; 
  • Emerald; 
  • Heart; 
  • Radiant; 
  • Pear; 
  • Cushion; 
  • Marquise; 
  • Princess. 

1.5 carat round cut diamond ring is the most valued among these cuts. Other forms can have up to 40% lower prices, so we consider this information as a little hint to browse 1.5 carats less expensively. More than that, cuts in the same weight category might be visually bigger than others. This works with pear, oval and marquise cut, basically because they are more elongated. 

Different cut means different facets number. Classical round one, for instance, will have 57 facets, while old-fashioned rose cut only has 24. Cut is the first thing diamond professionals look at – ideal saw and polish are more valued for them than size of the gem. Sharp cut and perfect technique give a diamond maximum light reflecting capacity. 

As we mentioned before, natural diamonds are cut by humans. And a craftsman, just like any other person, doesn’t have a life-long warranty against mistakes. Cut process is an art and operational process at the same time. Something can go wrong any second. And as we remember, scratch on the diamond is so tough to make once it there it can’t be undone. That’s why there are stages of cut quality. 

  • An ideal cut. This is the highest mark of a diamond precise producing. None of the gemstone is over or undercut and the shape is also perfectly innocent. Such masterpiece is tremendously hard to find on the market. Browse those with an extreme caution: the cost will definitely be appropriate. 
  • An excellent cut. Without special combination of skills and instruments you need to be naturally gifted jewelry expert to spot at least minimal difference between ideal and excellent cuts. Yet under 10x magnification a cut will reveal tiny product miscalculations to a very experienced master. In terms of being classified as an excellent cut gem must have no more than 1 or 2 micro scratches. 
  • A very good cut. From now on a human eye can recognize some little technical imperfections on the gemstone. These remain a few and are barely visible from a distance. That is why a very good cut is so popular among common customers – nearly perfect balance between the look of a diamond and its price. 
  • A good cut. Second worst form of a diamond design. Balance between size and shape slides on the size. A good cut diamond can be an option if you are looking for a budget gemstone and not very concerned about the quality. 
  • A poor cut. This stage contains the worst cut diamonds with clearly visible technical mistakes. Saving as much size as possible is a primary task in this situation. Not recommended purchase in terms of a poor cut diamond will definitely lose its major cost in a few years. 

If you are looking through a few options and the cut is the main question, we humbly recommend you to browse from and ideal cut to a very good cut. These diamonds won’t lose their value and some of them even have increasing capability.     

Color of 1.5 Carat diamond ring 

Diamonds are mined in various color conditions: some of them have bright tone while others are almost hyaline. Gemstones with intense coloring fall into their own category and their pricing are often calculated uniquely. Diamonds used in engagement rings are mostly transparent-ish and gathered as “Colorless”. This, however, in not very accurate because colorless diamonds have several tone categories delivered in an alphabetical order. This gradation starts with a “D” – totally colorless, and ends with a “Z” – significantly yellow tone which is the least valued. To help customers in their search diamond coloring system is divided into following groups: 

  • D-F; 
  • G-J; 
  • K-M; 
  • O-Z. 

There is a common fallacy inexperienced jewelry professionals fall into: to consider a “Z” diamond with a yellow tone so intense it probably has its own color and to move it from Colorless to Colored market zone. Colored diamonds are much more valuable as if compared to colorless there are only a few on a market. Truth be told, the line between Zs and Colored diamonds is very thin indeed. 

Clarity of 1.5 Carat diamond ring 

Clarity factor shows how much light a diamond can naturally reflect without any interference. In fact, clarity is a combination of several patterns such as blemishes presence, location, intensity and kind. Gemological Institute of America sets Clarity gradation system from Flawless to Imperfect. 

  • (FL) Flawless: gemstone with no natural imperfections at all. This jewelry group is extremely rare to find and values the most. Even stones less than 1 carat that clear and finely cut will cost a fortune. 
  • (IF): Internally Flawless: such diamonds have no imperfections for a naked eye, but under 10x closer look jewelry professionals can recognize one or two imperfections. Aside the quantity condition of these blemishes must remain insignificant. Such diamonds have amusing look if they are from 2 carats and more. 
  • (VVS1, VVS2) Very Very Slightly Imperfect: imperfections barely visible to a sharp eye now. Magnification most probably reveals a few blemishes. Crystals, clouds and other visible imperfect natural formations are none. The most valued choice among common customers not very bounded by their budgets and seeking for 2 or more carats. 
  • (VS1, VS2) Very Slightly Imperfect: blemishes become hardly visible without additional examination. The most common imperfections which are crystals, feathers and clouds can be found several times. However, their impact on general diamond’s visual is insignificant. VS1 and VS2 can be a good option if your budget is preferably to be reduced. 
  • (SI1, SI2) Slightly Imperfect: natural imperfections are clearly visible. Diamond experts determine these issues as severe and the general clarity is considered as lower than average. Prices for such diamonds are greatly reduced. SI1 and SI2 diamonds are the great if you are all into size without clarity concerns. 
  • (I1, I2, I3) Imperfect: the poorest clarity stage. Industry does not willingly use this type of rough diamonds as jewelry: all their blemishes are more than clear; light reflections and sparkling capability are broken. These diamonds are not very likely to appear on the market, generally used in technical purposes. 

A 1.5 carat diamond engagement ring price 

Finally, when we see all the factors affects the 1.5 carat diamond ring pricing, we can calculate the exact cost. A 1.5 diamond ring costs from 5,000$ to 40,000$ per carat. It is necessary to remember in terms of finding the wholesale price you need to multiply it by 1.5 and add the cost of the ring itself. So the final price for the 1.5 carats will be from 7,500$ up to 60,000$ plus the ring. 

Struggling with finding the perfect 1.5 carat diamond engagement ring? Contacts us and the Diamond Registry will answer you within a few minutes! We will be honored and pleased to help you making the second most important choice of your life. The first one is waiting for you to ask her. And with our ring she will definitely say “Yes!”