When it comes to diamonds and jewelry, assessing the value of a given piece is an interesting theme. There are multiple factors that play a role in the value of a diamond, including the “four Cs” and others, but part of this equation also comes down to the specific desired you have for a given piece.
At AAA Jewelers, we understand that different people have varying needs and desires for engagement rings, wedding rings and all of our other custom jewelry pieces. Let’s go over several areas of value you may not have considered in the past, including themes that can help you get the perfect stone well within your budget.
Depending on the diamond shape you choose, certain distinct qualities may be exposed – both positive and negative. For instance, many consider color one of the most vital considerations for a given diamond choice; but not all diamonds graded at a given color will look the same, and this is largely due to shape.
If you have an emerald cut, for instance, you can usually manage lower color quality without a major impact to the aesthetic of the piece. Oval and pear shapes, on the other hand, can get away with lower clarity grades but will often look poor if their color grade is not high. Round cuts can be a good middle ground here, helping hide both lower color and lower clarity in some cases, but this is not a surefire rule either.
Down similar lines, it often becomes important to be willing to trade off certain qualities of a given piece for others you care more about. Colorless and flawless diamonds are the most expensive out there, and if your budget is a bit lower you may have to decide which areas to prioritize. This often involves choosing your shape based on which of the four Cs (cut, color, clarity and carat) you are most invested in, plus which the shape might help cover when lower quality is used.
One vital theme to remember here: While carat weight is indeed very important for value and the overall size of the stone, it’s not the only factor. You also have to look at the millimeter measurements, which can significantly alter the way the diamond looks on the hand based on surface area and other factors. Combined with carat weight, measurements help you get an idea of not only how big the stone is, but how it will look.
Speaking of surface area, maximizing it is often a great way to hide certain other imperfections. Cuts like marquise, oval or pear are all long enough that they allow for a lower carat weight in many cases.
For more on how to get great value in a diamond on any budget, or to learn about any of our engagement rings or fashion jewelry pieces, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.