Average Size of Engagement Ring Center Stone
By Brooke Denham , Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Does size matter? Ahem, carat size, that is! When shopping for a diamond engagement ring, gentlemen, and ladies, please do not be overly concerned with center stone size, as it is not necessarily the most important factor. If you are trying to determine the average diamond size in engagement rings purchased, you will find a lot of conflicting answers. Many number ranges and speculations are thrown about, but the truth is that it is nearly impossible to determine the average diamond size in an engagement ring. That could be because there are so many factors that go into purchasing a diamond for this life-changing decision. And each decision, like the couple themselves, is utterly unique.
Let’s first consider the diamond itself. Purchasing a diamond for an engagement ring should ideally be an artful act of balance. One should hopefully do a fair bit of research and not just purchase based on center stone size alone. All of the chief characteristics of a diamond, most importantly the “4C’s”; cut, color and clarity, as well as the mighty carat should be considered. Yielding in one or more of these areas can give you more options in one you feel strongly about. For instance, if you are most interested in purchasing a diamond that is extremely clear, with very few inclusions or imperfections, you may prefer a diamond with VS or even VVS clarity grading. Dropping a color grade or two, let’s say from an F to an H, may help you attain a diamond with that supreme clarity you desire. Or, if the majority of one carat diamonds in your price range have too much of a yellow tinge for your taste, you may try considering a 0.90 carat diamond that is a little closer to colorless. Where most people are unwilling to compromise today is in cut quality because that is where all the fire, brilliance and sparkle comes from. Ideal cut diamonds are consequently more and more sought after by knowledgeable shoppers.
If purchasing a ring that is not a solitaire, such as a three-stone ring, remember that the ring’s total carat weight is more significant than the center stone size. A ring like this, even with less total carat weight than a solitaire, can sometimes be more eye-catching. Taking the time to learn about diamonds will help you discover which characteristics are most important to you, and surprisingly to some, the center stone size or carat weight, is not always the most important.
Realistically consider how much you can really afford to spend on the diamond, while remembering that some other, just as important expenses, will soon follow an engagement; planning a wedding and honeymoon, moving or purchasing a home and perhaps adding children to your new family. Consider what your intended may feel about these important life changes as well.
So, when shopping for the perfect diamond to complete your engagement ring, try not to be over-anxious about size or a so-called average diamond size. Just weigh all of your options, ask yourself some important questions and follow your heart.
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