Buying a Diamond
Choosing the right center stone for an engagement ring can be a daunting task to those who are unfamiliar with diamonds. Our team of GIA-certified gemologists guarantee to provide you with a fun and memorable jewelry buying experience through all steps of the process, from ring design to stone selection, or putting your personal touch on your piece.
Together with the longstanding relationships with our suppliers, our team of trustworthy experts can help you get a conflict free mined diamond or a certified lab grown diamond at wholesale pricing, without the uncertainty of making your purchase at a downtown warehouse or buying a stone sight unseen from the Internet.
At Peter Norman, our expertise and depth of knowledge regarding stones, jewelry styles, and wearability means that you will not only get a beautiful ring but also one made to stand the test of time.
It depends on a number of factors. For instance, will there be only one stone or will there be many? Pavé style bands and halos can also add carats to an engagement ring, even if a focal stone is modest in size.
Don’t forget that the cut of a stone can factor into weight and also perceived size. A well-cut high-quality stone in an ideal setting can make a ring look larger and more impressive. This is where working with an expert custom jeweler can save you money while giving you an engagement ring that leaves a big impression, no matter the number of carats.
Yes, this is a healthy budget for an engagement ring. The rule of thumb used to be that an engagement ring should cost as much as three months’ salary. However, current averages have people spending $4,000 to $6,000 dollars on their engagement rings.
No, this is not a lot for an engagement ring but it is higher than the national average here in the United States.
For $12,000, you can order a custom-design, bespoke ring for your partner that is sure to put a smile on their face.
Yes and no. The national average for an engagement ring diamond is around one carat, so against this average, a two-carat diamond ring would be considered large.
In terms of physical size, a two-carat diamond is not large. If you’d like to visualize the size, try our diamond weight calculator.
No, and there are many larger diamonds being worn in engagement rings, plus, a three-carat diamond isn’t particularly big, check out Peter Norman’s diamond weight calculator for a helpful visual.
The ideal size of an engagement ring’s diamond ultimately comes down to your preferences and budget, what’s considered too big for some will be too small for others, after all.
Yes. This is the average size of diamonds in engagement rings here in the United States. There are many well-cut, high-quality diamonds available at this size, and the resulting engagement ring can be stunning.
No. A 1.5-carat diamond is just slightly larger than the average one-carat diamond in engagement rings in the United States. In terms of physical size, a 1.5-carat diamond would not be considered ostentatious or “too big” in anyone’s book.
Prices begin at about $1,800. Remember, that’s just for the diamond itself, and not one of the most perfect ones. Then you have the setting, precious metals, and the cost of design and manufacture will all factor into the total cost of an engagement ring.
Round Brilliant,Cushion,Radiant,Princess,Asscher ,Heart,Trilliant,Oval,Pear,Emerald,Marquise, and Baguette are the most popular diamond cuts.
Diamond cuts are the style or design in which a diamond is shaped during the procedure preparing it to be polished and sold. Cut does not refer to shape, but the symmetry, proportions and polishing of the diamond. The cut of a diamond significantly influences its luminosity, and when a diamond is cut badly, its ability to transmit light greatly decreases .
Diamonds can be cut in any shape but there are twelve main diamond cuts including the round brilliant,princess and emerald cut.
The most expensive diamond cut is the round brilliant cut. The Round Brilliant cut has 58 strategically placed facets and gives the diamond maximum sparkle. This cut is the most popular and accounts for the cuts of half the diamonds on the market. It’s high demand allows for vendors and miners to sell them at an inflated price.
The Round Brilliant, Princess, and Emerald cut are the best diamond cuts. The quality of a cut is measured by how well it showcases the gem and plays with the light. The more facets, the more the gem will shimmer and the more attractive it becomes. The Round Brilliant cut for example has 58 facets and is the most popular cut in the diamond world.
Round Brilliant cut diamonds. Round Brilliant cut diamonds appear larger than any other diamond cut. The shallow circular cut of its design means that much of the diamonds carat and weight is reflected on the top side and so appears larger compared to other cuts.
A diamond’s size is measured in millimeters. Typically, a 1 carat round diamond measures 6.5mm,while a 1.25 carat is around 6.8mm. For other square cut diamonds such as the princess a carat is around 5.5mm.
The cut,color,clarity, and carat weight all affect a diamond’s quality. A diamonds cut affects how well its angles align to create their classic sparkle, and color is how white or yellow the diamond is. Clarity refers to how clear the stone appears, and carat weight is used to measure the size of the diamond.
Color variation dramatically affects a diamond’s quality. Diamonds are praised for their fluorescent sparkle, one that is intensified when a diamond is clear, making yellow diamonds lesser quality.When grading a diamond’s color, the highest is grade D which means that the diamond is completely clear.
Yes. Often, a diamond’s cut is mistaken as only its shape, but when measuring the cut in regards to quality, it refers to how well the diamond’s facets have been shaped to transmit light. Diamond cutting is considered by many an art, with a lot of training, delicacy and understanding of gemstones required. The better the facets of a diamond are positioned, the more it will reflect light, and the more it sparkles.
Diamonds are classified into four different types,1A,2A,1B,and 2B.Type 1A diamonds contain large clusters of nitrogen throughout and give off a yellow hue. They make up for 98% of naturally occurring diamonds and are considered low quality .2A diamonds are the classically clear and fluorescent diamonds we most often see in engagement rings. They are only formed under supreme pressure.1B diamonds have single nitrogen atoms scattered throughout their lattices, and emit a vibrant yellow as blue light is absorbed. Type 2B diamonds contain biron, rather than nitrogen. This causes them to emit a blue or blue-gray hue that is very rare. They make up for only 0.1% of naturally occurring diamonds and are considered the highest of quality.
The overarching term for them is simulated diamond. Simulated diamonds,also known as diamond simulants, include a variety of different stones including cubic zirconia,moissanite, and YAG. Some natural clear gemstones are also classed as simulated diamonds such as white sapphire and white zircon.
12 base colors. Besides the clear diamond, there are also colored diamonds. There are 12 base colors including red,orange,yellow,green,pink,purple,violet, and brown.Just as with black and white diamonds, the vibrancy and sparkle distinguish colored diamonds. A vibrant and strong pink diamond will be more expensive than a less vibrant baby pink diamond.