Important’ Diamond Jewelry Starts With A Center Stone of 1/2 Carat or More
When we talk about important diamonds, we are generally referring to those of 1/2 carat or more. After all, the 1/2-carat-to-1-carat range is not only the most popular size for center stones in engagement rings and statement jewelry, but it also provides a more spectacular visual impact than smaller sized diamonds.
One of the lesser-known advantages of purchasing stones in this size range is the exceptional value they offer you, the consumer. Stones of 1/2 carat – 1 carat are relatively less expensive than their carat-plus cousins – meaning that the price differential between, say, a 0.95 carat stone and a stone just over a carat (which is rarer) can be substantial. In addition, two fine-quality 1/2-carat diamonds with a total weight of 1 carat are much less expensive than a similar quality 1-carat diamond.Another plus: In the right ring setting, a high-quality, half-carat stone can project a much bigger look – and you can get a very high value for your money compared to a larger stone of lesser quality.
In addition to engagement rings, this size range is very important to the three-stone ring category. Three-stone rings typically feature a center stone of 1/2 carat or more flanked on either side by stones of a slightly smaller size.
As a consumer, you generally can be much more confident in the quality of your diamond if it is at least 1/2 carat in size, since stones in this size range can come with certificates from well respected gem labs. (In fact, the Gemological Institute of America, which is considered the standard in gem labs, generally does not certify side diamonds in a multi-diamond piece, such as a three-stone ring, unless the stones are 1/2 carat or larger).
These certs describe your diamond’s carat weight, clarity, color and the quality of its cut, as well as other identifying characteristics. Certs can be invaluable in helping determine the replacement value of your important jewelry if it is ever lost, stolen or damaged.