Are Bigger Gemstones Better? Understanding the Factors that Affect Gemstone Quality
We are sure you guys are familiar with this scenario. What’s the first reaction or question that comes to your mind when hear about a new diamond or gemstone jewelry purchase? Without a doubt, questions associated with “What’s the carat size/weight of the gemstone?” would instantly come to mind.
The main reason behind this is that the size of a gemstone corresponds directly to the value and worth of the piece of jewelry. And in many societies, it is an indication of a person’s status and wealth. On top of that, we have also been conditioned by mass media advertising campaigns into believing that bigger is always better.
With that said, don’t get carried away with choosing the biggest stone that you can find. This is one of the most common and yet, biggest mistakes that first-time buyers make. What precedes focusing on how many carats a gemstone possesses is also a consideration of its cut, color and clarity.
When you begin the journey of choosing your gemstone you should always ask yourself? “For my price point, would I prefer a larger carat weight that may have lower grade of cut, color and clarity, or would I prefer an overall well balanced gemstone?”
We would suggest the decision on the carat weight of your gemstone is left to last. After deciding the right color, clarity and cut that match your preferences and standards, you will be able to clearly see what range of carat weights fall within your price point. At this point, if you feel you would like to get a larger gemstone, you may want to gradually reduce each of the other grades to allow for an increase in the carat weight, without increasing the price.
So, greater carat weight is not necessarily best. The gemstone has to be the perfect balance between the 4Cs to offer the ultimate in value and quality. When we join a couple on their search for the perfect gemstone ring, we encourage less focus on carat and more on the harmonious impact the other aspects offer together.
We suggest you consider the color, clarity and cut of your gemstone first, and only then choose the carat weight that fits your price point.