The word carat causes lots heartburn for men and women. Women tend to think bigger is better, but haven’t actually ever put different carats weights on her finger. Men want to get a big rock, but before you think go big or go home, lets chat.
Some people want the largest diamond possible. While size does matter keep in mind a one carat is well above average and a two carat is HUGE! The biggest take way is a smaller stone with higher clarity and cut will out sparkle any larger diamond of a poorer quality. If size is a priority, we at Marelli's Estate Jewelry and Coin can help you classify the proper cut, color and clarity to fit your budget economically, and fit your jewelry beautifully.
Do you know what the cut of diamond is? Of course it is the shape such as princess or round…right? WRONG! That is known as the diamond shape. The true definition of cut is the quality of the proportions and symmetry of the diamond. Your diamond's proportions make a vast difference on how brightly your diamond shines. An 'ideal cut' diamond is one that allows the maximum amount of light to return through the top of the diamond, which takes into consideration the depth, table size, crown height and angle, girdle thickness and more. Our diamond professionals will be happy to assist you in selecting the best diamond cut.
Now that we know the cut is not actually the shape of the diamond, lets talk about the shape she wants. Remember that it’s the shape she wants and will be wearing everyday. It is not the shape that you think is the most unique or fancy that matters. For more specifics on shape, click here.
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Guys the color really does matter. Thankfully the color scale is what we all wished for in school. D and F’s are the best grade you can get! But really you don’t need to even do that well, the most popular and best value diamonds are in the G, H, I, or J in color. Keep in mind that diamonds are graded from D to Z and range from colorless to yellow, blue, and even red diamonds. The less color, the rarer the diamond and the more expensive the diamond.
Diamond clarity affect transparency and brilliance which your lady, her friends, and the mother-in-law will all notice. To save you from spending too much on the ring and keep you out of the dog house, we have transformed the clarity scale into the “man scale of clarity”.
F - IF: (Flawless- Internally Flawless) The SUPER model of all time. When perfection is the Only thing on your mind!
VVS1 - VVS2: (Very, Very Slightly Included) Can you see an ant from space? Ya, you can't see these microscopic inclusions either.
VSI: (Very Slightly Included) It takes Super hero x-ray vision to find these little critters without a magnifying glass and a skilled eye.
SI1: (Slight Inclusions) Even my mother-in-law likes this one. Inclusions are noticeable to a skilled grader.
SI2: (Slight Inclusions) Awe yes, it looks good and I can still afford to buy your friends a round of beers. Inclusions are here, but my eyes struggles to see them.
I1: (Included) Hmmm, I think I need to wash my truck. The dirt is diminishing her shine.
I2: (Included) Now my diamond looks like my truck when I spent the day out mudding.
I3: (Included) Have you seen my truck? I think my truck is under that mud! Don’t waist your money, just get a better clarity.
All jokes aside, Diamonds are graded according to how clear they are—the clearer, the better. All diamonds have certain identifying characteristics, or inclusions. These are like a diamond’s fingerprints. Just like fingerprints no two diamonds are alike. Although some inclusions make you diamond distinguished, in the case of diamonds more is not always better. More inclusions equals more money in your pocket, but there is a tipping point when you lose brilliance.
*All diamonds are viewed through a 10x magnification lens by diamond graders.
All the Nuts and Bolts to avoid being a diamond buying dunce.
Remember these four things when you buy, and you’ll ace it.
1. What clarity should I get?
SI1–I1 is most popular. These diamonds look amazing and save you a bundle. If you can afford a diamond with fewer inclusions, great. But nobody will know the difference.
2. Do I need colorless?
G–J is nearly colorless, and just as sparkly. This is a great way to save, still give her a beautiful diamond, and afford the wedding of her dreams.
3. How BIG should I go?
It’s always about size, isn’t it? Look at it this way: Some girls want a bigger diamond, some girls are happy with anything. In our experience, a 1-carat diamond with perfectly cut facets can look just as good as a 2-carat diamond that just sits there. Buy what your girl will love.
4. How do I deal with all the praise?
When she loves the ring and your friends all come to your for advice remember to thank the Marelli’s.