Choose the right diamond cut, and the rest will take care of itself.
The 4 C’s: Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat.
Out of the 4, CUT MATTERS MOST!
Why? The right diamond cut plays up your diamond’s better qualities while hiding its not-as-perfect aspects. By choosing the right diamond cut you’re giving yourself the freedom to compromise on some of the other 3 C’s. Meaning, you don’t have to get all the 4 C’s totally perfect.
A good diamond cut will make it look as if you broke the bank on an all-around stunner – but only YOU will know you stayed well within budget!
Let’s go through the most popular diamond cuts to see which of the other 3 C’s (carat, clarity, color) you should spend money to flaunt, and which you can save your money on.
Spend On: Carat
As the most popular diamond cut, everyone is familiar with a round-cut diamond’s carat weight. Bigger = more impressive.
Save On: Color
Pair a warmer-colored diamond with a setting in similarly warm metal (like yellow or rose gold) to hide your stone’s tone.
The princess cut loses less mass than other shapes during its rough cutting. This means that carat for carat, it’s a better value for money. Going for a bit higher carat weight can make that already impressive stone look even BIGGER.
Save on: Clarity
A princess cut’s 58 facets hide inclusions really, really well.
The pointed end of the pear shape doesn’t reflect light nearly as well as the round part, so it’s more likely to reveal the stone’s true color. To avoid those ‘warmer’ yellow tones, opt for a high grade on the color scale.
Save on: Carat
The length of a pear cut tricks the eye and seems larger than it actually is.