Carat(weight) and cutting
Diamond cut is part of the GIA 4Cs and influences the reflection, brilliance and sparkle of your diamond – and therefore plays a big role in determining the price of diamonds. The cut grade takes a few different elements into consideration such as proportions, polish, shape and symmetry of the diamond. Combined, these factors influence the way light is reflected when it enters the diamond and exits from the table. The better the cut, the more sparkle and brilliance the diamond has making it all the more stunning.
With a good cut and shape, the light that enters the diamond through the table travels to the pavilion where it is reflected back out through the table. The angle at which the light is reflected determines the brightness of that iconic diamond sparkle. Therefore, diamond cut is a critical part of what makes your diamond come to life when you’re wearing it as jewelry.
Quality of cut grade is not limited to the main diamond, side diamonds for fine settings should also reach a fair level of cutting, as the cut grade will effect the level of brilliance on the piece of jewelry.
While there are some differences between grading systems as to how a cut grade is described, there are general rules accepted as the international standards for defining diamond cut grades.
3 carat diamond engagament ring
This is the very best diamond cut grade a diamond can have. The brilliance is simply stunning as the light is perfectly reflected through its ideal proportions and symmetry. These diamonds are of maximum quality and highly valued.
While still absolutely stunning, they are not exactly perfect in terms of symmetry and proportions. However, wearing a diamond with Excellent Cut will still have that sparkle we all expect from a brilliant diamond.
VERY GOOD CUT
Diamonds of this cut grade are a great way to balance size(carat) and quality as the brilliance is still stunning, yet slightly below the Ideal and Excellent cut grades. The diamonds provide good value for buyers looking for a slightly larger diamond at the same price of a smaller diamond with a better cut grade.
Among the strict and complex GIA grading procedure, weight(Carat) is easy to grade, and it significantly affects the value of a gem.
Carat is one of the GIA 4Cs that affects the price of a diamond. Many people think a carat is a unit of size, but in reality, it is a weight unit. The word carat comes from the Carob seed used centuries ago to determine the weight of precious stones as the seeds have a stable and uniformed weight. When diamonds are weighed, they were recorded with a carat weight commonly rounded off to the second decimal place. An example, one full carat weighs 200 milligrams or 0.007 ounces.
One carat equals to 0.2 grams. The single Carat unit is divided into 100 points, which is used to determine the weight of diamonds below 1 carat, or to give a more detailed description of the weight of a diamond to the 2nd decimal place. So, a diamond weighing half a carat is 50 points, and a diamond weighing 2 carats and a quarter is a 2.25 carat diamond.
In the professional diamond industry, the carat weight of a diamond is also used for diamond prices. Industry professionals say prices in a “price per carat” format. To reach the final price of the diamond, the price per carat unit must be multiplied by the total carat weight.
Based on prices at time of writing, here’s an example:
Loose diamond: 3 carat VVS1 Clarity J Color
- Price per Carat: $14,190
- Total price: $42,570
Special visual effects
Some diamonds may contain special visual effects. In several oval diamonds, we may discover what’s called a bowtie effect. This is an effect that occurs because some of the light at the centre of the diamond does not bounce back to the table. Many diamond experts agree that this is part of the beauty of an Oval Shape diamond; however, the effect should not be dominant or the first thing you see when looking at the diamond. The degree of the bow-tie effect is not stated on a diamond certificate, so the only way to assess it is through visual inspection. Make sure you have a good photo in order to observe the bowtie effect.
How much does it cost?
Diamond Pricing: GIA Diamonds become increasingly rare to find starting from 3 carats
There is a reason why a 3 carat diamond will worth much more than three 1 carat diamonds. Carat weight does not affect value or size proportionately. A Round Brilliant Cut Diamond weight 1 carat has a diameter of 6.5mm, whereas a 3 carat Diamond is 9.3mm with Round Brilliant Cut. As for the price per carat, a 3 carat diamond with the weight of 600 milligrams ranges would be between $6,050 and $ 84,810 per carat.
What are the wholesale prices of a 3 carat?
If you are looking for a unique diamond that is more special than what most people purchase, then you’re in the right place.
To estimate the average final wholesale price of a 3 carat diamond, multiply the price per carat weight of the diamond by 3.
The average wholesale price of a 3 carat weighted GIA Certified Diamond would fit the range between $ 18,150 and $ 254,430.
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3 carat diamond ring guide
What are the popular 3 carat diamond engagement rings?
A 3 carat diamond engagement ring is to set in a plain and elegant solitaire setting, that will already give a stunning look because the size(carat) of the stone is more significant than usual, importantly a well picked sparkling diamond is a natural beauty on its own.
However, 3 carat diamond rings do come in many different styles to fit the personality of every bride-to-be.
The favorite pick for grooms-to-be and their special someone:
A solitaire setting with pave diamonds in a thin band
This diamond ring setting will draw the focus on the centre 3 carat stone by having it set in a visible “stage”, that is the prong. The size(carat) of the centre diamond was boosted due to the optical illusion from the thinner ring band filled with pave diamonds.
If you want to stand out a bit more, choosing fancy shape cutting diamonds such as a cushion shape cut, emerald shape cut, pear shape cut or oval shape cut diamonds will be the right choice. The shape itself will give extra uniqueness to the ring’s appearance. By the meantime, a solitaire diamond engagement ring with a fancy shape cut diamond comes at a lower price compared with an engagement ring with a round diamond.
A three stone setting
The popularity for the three stone diamond ring setting got a big boost as royalty Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, with a three stone setting. The ring setting complements the centre stone while giving it more character based on the shape of side stones such as half moon, baguette or pear shape diamonds you decide.
Please note that not all carat sizes are suitable for this ring set as the side stones can distract the appearance of the centre stone and can make it look small. If you have a 3 carat diamond in the centre, you would like the side diamond be nothing more than 1 carat. If the clarity of the main stone is D color vvs2, please make sure the clarity of side stones should be close to vs1 or even higher.
A split shank setting
Engagement rings that have a split shank feature a band that parts as it reaches the centre setting. These diamond ring settings have a visible gap in the band and the centre stone. Thus make the 3 carat diamond appear larger and more ornate. A typical application for split shank settings is to set with micropavé diamonds to give the engagement ring more sparkle.
Does precious metal for fine jewelry influence the diamond color visually?
The answer will be No. The diamond color will always stay the same, but yellow gold or white gold used for fine jewelry can influence the appearance of your diamond color from the naked eye. It is recommended to stay away from yellow gold jewelry if your diamond was graded I color or lower. The gold color will make the diamond look more yellow. However, if you personally favour yellow gold for your ring, creating the setting with two tones is an option. By making the basket of the ring in white gold can prevent the diamond from looking yellow due to the reflections.
Are custom 3 carat diamond jewelry more expensive?
In Diamond Registry, they are not as we have in-house jewelry designers to do the designing for you, free of charge. You will only pay for the materials of the ring, so picking a finished style or making your design is the same – sometimes even cheaper! Because to buy a diamond ring from a big brand means paying for the design and the name too. So why wouldn’t you go for a personalized ring that is unique and can’t be purchased anywhere else for the same price or cheaper?
If you decide to personalize a ring of your own, it does not have to be from scratch but can also be based on different ring styles that have inspired you. Because all your ideas will become one when you sit with one of the in-house designers.
Discover the options and cost estimation for a ring you have in mind by reaching out to us via the chat, email or a phone call.
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