Deciding Diamond Size : Budget vs. Quality
The next step toward finding the right diamond is to learn what size, or carat weight, you want to pay for.
First, consider and decide on the three main factors :
- Quality you want
- Budget you want
- Size you want
First, decide which of these is most important to you. Let that be your foundation and go from there.
Below is the fastest and most accurate approach to deciding the size of diamond to look for.
Research live listings at a large online diamond database.
I will teach you how to price any diamond later, in the diamond pricing tutorial, but for now, we can experiment with your budget and see what size of diamond you can afford with that budget, in the quality you are wanting.
[Hint :: If size is most important, enter size first in the search engine, and adjust the other factors to arrive at your best options. If quality is most important, enter quality first. And if budget is most important, enter that first.]
Open in a new window :: DiamondReview.com’s “Diamond Finder“.
In the diamond search form:
- Select your choice for “Shape”
- For now, enter whatever “Carat” weight you want (to get started)
- Select your range for Color (ex: “G to H”)
- Select your range for Clarity (ex: “VS1 to VS2”)
- Skip “Depth” and “Table” for now
- Select “Sort by carat”
- Check the box for “descending order”
- Click Start Search
Narrow your search until you decide the size of diamond you can afford!
One site is enough for this exercise for now.