Three Carat Diamond
By Bryan Boyne (g.g.) , Monday, May 05, 2014
Gem diamonds are rare. Of all the diamonds mined it is estimated that only one in a million will yield a finished gem of one carat. A three carat diamond is exponentially rarer and consequently, much more valuable. By some estimates only about one in 15 million mined diamonds are 3 carat. When you add additional rarity factors of high color, clarity and ideal cut quality, a three carat diamond in the upper grades is significantly rarer still. And diamond prices, mirroring rarity, also tend to rise exponentially with size.
The natural scarcity of diamonds this size keeps them in extremely limited supply. Diamond reserves in general have been declining as working mines are having to dig ever deeper and employ increasingly more sophisticated and costly technologies in order to continue to extract rough diamond. And very few new sources have been discovered over the past few decades despite a huge investment in prospecting. Because rarity is the key driver of diamond value a large diamond can be expected to retain more value than more common sizes. As the value of diamonds in the broad market increases, large diamonds tend to increase in value more than smaller ones.
Of course, rarity is just one of the reasons to own a large diamond – it’s much more about the light show! Gem diamonds, particularly ideal cut diamonds, have an awe inspiring ability to scintillate in mesmerizing flashes of white light and rainbow colors of fire. The combination of the brilliant and prismatic effects created by diamonds cut to very precise specifications results in a blaze of cascading sparkle unmatched by any other natural material.
Certified ideal diamonds such as the internationally acclaimed A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Super Ideal with its ultra-precise facet alignment fully maximize light performance resulting in the ultimate display of fire, brilliance and sparkle. The following world-class diamonds are among the most extraordinary currently available on the world market.
3.083 G VS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Super Ideal
3.098 H VS2 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Super Ideal
3.135 I VS2 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Super Ideal
3.072 J Si1 Expert Selection Hears and Arrows Ideal
Superb specimens like these not only exhibit maximum light performance (fire, brilliance and scintillation), but also add another element of rarity to an already exceedingly rare gem. Less than 5% of the large diamonds on the national database have a cut grade of Ideal by the American Gem Society Laboratories, the ultimate pedigree for diamond cut quality. And further rarifying this amazing gem is the fact that it is a hearts and arrows diamond with perfect optical symmetry. Even AGS ideal cut diamonds do not all possess the extreme level of precision in cut craftsmanship that makes this diamond phenomenally rare and precious.
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