A 2.5 carat diamond ring is a well-known tie-breaker in the world of diamond rings. Comparing to a 1 carat diamond ring ("golden quality" among diamond engagement rings), it is (what a surprise) two and a half times bigger! However, a good 2.5 diamond on your wife's finger is like Porsche Panamera you bought a couple years ago. This is an elegant top-quality family car capable of beating anyone in traffic (if you feel playful). It shows that you have the style, but don't brag. In other words, a 2.5 carat diamond ring is something extraordinary yet comfortable to wear daily. It is a solid choice to show your fiancée how much you do love her.
There is a rapid price increase after 2 carats point. Luckily, 2.5 carat diamond rings vary in many options. Unluckily, because of those options, it can be hard to distinguish the price correctly. Luckily again, The Diamond Registry is here for you to help. Weight of 2.5 carats edges the line between "modest" diamonds and luxurious stones. To avoid second thoughts and future regrets about the quality we humbly suggest you choose a diamond ring with caution and patience. Carefully picked diamond will look like an antique masterpiece; at the same time, poor quality choice will be something you want to hide and never show to anyone.
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Let us start with the necessary information. To understand what a 2.5 carat diamond ring is, we should get along with the 4Cs first. Just like any industry, jewelry is limited to its own rules and definitions. One of them, probably the most famous one, is the 4Cs rule. It means Cut, Carat, Clarity, and Color. They are the main characteristics a diamond has. The better the 4Cs are, the higher the diamond is valued.
Each of Cs has its gradation which we will meet in seconds. 4Cs of every diamond can be approved only by a particular certificate. Remember: sellers are not allowed to certify diamonds; only specified laboratories have such rights. One of the most prominent laboratories in the world is the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Its certificates are the most demanded. Anyway, let us start discovering what the 4Cs are.
Before it appears on the market, a diamond is mined and processed. "Freshly" extracted stone is called a rough diamond. This is the crude to the industry. After the extraction, a diamond should be examined and evaluated regarding its clarity and color. It is also essential to consider what form of cut a gem will have. It indicates how much of a diamond's body will be sacrificed.
Even big rough diamonds can transform into smaller ones while processed. A rough diamond can lose up to 60% of its body. Clarity and color are given by nature, so there is nothing you can do. However, cut and carat are human-made, so it takes extreme caution to shape a diamond precisely. There are ten general modern cut styles:
There are few steps to cut a diamond right. At first, jeweler marks where the cuts should appear. Secondly, a cut diamond gets sharpened and polished. Accuracy and angle are the most valued here.
Most popular cuts for a 2.5 diamond engagement ring are oval and princess ones. This is due to these cuts are visibly much more extensive. Their long forms reflect more light which is reasonably a very significant option for customers.
Besides the shape of a diamond, there is also the quality of a cut. It has the following grading:
In terms of having the best look, a decent 2.5 carat needs to have at least an excellent cut. This quality will help a diamond to mask its possible blemishes by the sharper edge and a deeper angle of brilliance.
Carat is a unit of diamond weight measure. The larger diamond you choose – the higher the price you get. Pay attention: it is mistakenly considered as a measure of size frequently. This is not accurate. Although weight means a lot, it doesn't affect the value of the diamond proportionately. A pair of 2.5 carat diamonds gathered is still less valuable than a 5 carat solitaire. Also, the cost of a diamond per carat increases with its number.
A one carat is a standardized international unit for diamond weight measurement. It equals 200 milligrams (or 0.007 ounces). It is divided into 100 points: it eases the analysis. For example, you can find 0.68 carat diamond. Weight also claims a diamond's actual price. In terms of discovering the final worth of a diamond, jewelry specialists multiply the price per carat by the total carat number. In other words, to figure out the cost of a 2.5 carat diamond ring, you need to multiply the set price per carat by 2.5.
Not exactly. But we now can understand that it is a 500-milligram gem with an 8.8 mm diameter in a Round Brilliant Cut. A high-quality processed 2.5 carat diamond is rather rare. That is why it's better to buy such a ring online. Physical stores do not want to deal with diamonds that size because of their high cost: you might not sell them in a short time. And holding such precious stone in-house takes certain risks. To learn more, let's continue our meeting with 4C's.
There are two groups of rough diamonds if you speak about color: colored and colorless (also known as "white"). The first group has its saturated colors, such as yellow, blue, red, etc. These diamonds are more than extremely rare, and their prices are often going over several million dollars, whatever size and weight they have.
White diamonds are much more common. However, this is a false statement that they are white. In fact, they are transparent and have no color at all, only different tones. There is also a gradation system for the colorless diamonds:
The last of the four Cs is clarity. This option can't be changed simply because it is nature-given. As a matter of fact, clarity includes several points: imperfection presence, quantity, location, and size. GIA also grades clarity for different stages. This gradation starts with Flawless to Imperfect:
The Diamond Registry doesn't recommend going below VVS2 while you are dealing with 2.5 carat diamond engagement rings. It's the bottom line of brilliance for big diamonds.
The 4Cs are the main parameters of a diamond. However, there is also a story behind it. A diamond can be "conflict" one or "conflict-free." A "non-conflict" or a "conflict-free" diamond is a gemstone mined on a territory not affected by any military process. This term was created because of the Southern and Western Africa mining situation appeared in the 1980s.
Countries like Sierra Leone used to have a local in-state conflict with several militias involved. Prisoners of war and slaves had been forced to mine white diamonds. After that, militias had been trading stones for weaponry and other supplies. To prevent these diamonds from appearing on the global market, GIA and other laboratories got involved in the so-called Kimberley process. Before it went too far, let us take a deep breath and switch the theme.
If you are interested in the detailed investigation of this topic, you may proceed to the GIA site, search for the Kimberley process and others. We humbly suggest you now to stick with 2.5 carat diamond ring.
Now you know how a diamond's value is calculated and what factors affect its price. On the market, the cost for these diamonds varies between 4,000$ and 54,000$ per carat. Remember: to calculate the wholesale price you need to multiply the price per carat by its number.
For a 2.5 carat diamond ring, the price will start from 10,000$ up to 125,500$, plus the ring itself.
And if you are looking for 2.5 carat earrings, it is necessary to multiply x2 again – because it is two diamonds, so that price per carat is x5.
This is expensive. What can you suggest to me to save a bit without reconsidering the size?
There are some hints you can use to save some budget while buying a 2.5 carat ring.
First of all, while considering the "white" diamond, focus on the cut. Even with the rest of the Cs not so good, perfectly cut diamond will look extraordinary. It would sparkle and shine better than any other diamond which falls into the 2.5 carat category. You can sacrifice color and clarity to average indicators such as G kind of "white" and VS2. These will be optimal for a naked eye to see no difference between them and better options.
Secondly, if you don't use white gold, platinum or silver ring and stick with good old-fashioned yellow gold, color can go even lower. J or even K tone will look perfect as a solitaire to a golden ring, and no one will suspect something is wrong with the diamond. VS2 will be the line we don't recommend to cross while dealing with a diamond that size. Put an eye-clean VS2 diamond side-by-side to an IF stone, and there will not be a difference you able to spot.
The Diamond Registry is the biggest online diamond catalog on the Internet since 1997. We are always happy to help you to find an ideal 2.5 carat engagement diamond ring. You are welcome to ask our online specialist for anything, and they will answer in a couple of minutes. We will also be humbled to see you as our guest in our stores in Hong Kong and New York. Make sure your choice is perfect – let us assist you in such a defining moment!