Diamond Carat has a huge significance, not only on how beautiful the stone looks but also on the price and value of the diamond. It generally is the measurement of the weight of the stone, be it a naturally grown diamond or a lab-grown one. Many false ideas are revolving around this particular C (the diamonds overall quality is claimed to depend on its 4 C’s-cut, clarity, color, and carat).
It does not simply mean that a diamond has a bigger carat size if it tends to look bigger than another diamond and this applies to the alternative as well. The look of a diamond is a deceiving factor which, generally depends on its cut factor.
Another, important factor for people to consider is, that bigger carat simply does not equate to better-looking diamonds. A lab-grown diamond of smaller carat size can look more beautiful and appealing. Than a diamond which is bigger in carat size than the former.
Whatever the reasons to choose the size of the carat may be. The ultimate reason should be the price or cost-effectiveness of the particular carat size. We generally know for a fact, that lab-grown diamonds are about 30 percent lesser in their prices. Than the naturally grown diamonds. This fact, in particular, should give one a rough idea that whatever may be the size to price ratios; the lab-grown diamonds will always be the cheaper option if compared to the naturally produced ones.
Below, we will be discussing the carat to cost ratio factor regarding lab-grown diamonds. And what should be one’s choice preferences while looking for the variables of carats these diamonds tend to offer.
Cost Per Carat Weight Of Lab-Grown Diamond
Though it may be an obvious fact that the lab-grown diamonds are the cost-efficient versions among the two types of diamonds in question here. There is a certain and particular difference in the price. One pays for their lab-grown diamond depending on the type of the diamond. The quality of the diamond and the place of purchase of the diamond.
In general, the average cost estimated for a laboratory-grown diamond of 1 carat is nearly about $3500-$4000 per carat. This estimate shall provide one with a rough idea about the different prices about each carat size. That are popular among laboratory diamonds variants.
But one should consider the above pricing only for the loose diamonds or the unset diamond pieces only. This is because there are other things present to which will affect the price of a total lab diamond engagement ring or jewelry. These factors are the metal type, the type of setting, the cut and style preference, and many other little things as well. But, the above estimation is more or less the general and correct estimation that lab-grown diamond stones tend to provide.
For even more convenience, below, we will list be listing the average price to average cost chart of lab-grown diamonds. Based on the most popular shapes, colors, and clarity that they offer:
We believe by the above-listed chart one must have surely understood the price relations. About the carat sizes of the various cut qualities of lab-grown diamonds popular in the jewelry market.
Now, we shall list and discuss the causes and the main factors. That determine and affect the prices of the lab-grown diamonds.
Shape of the Diamond
One of the most obvious but noteworthy reasons, is the shape of the diamond. One shall notice and find that the round cut diamonds are the ones. That are the most costly, be it natural or lab-grown type of diamond. It is simply because this particular cut offers the best possible sparkle, scintillation, and fire than any other cut tends to provide. Taking the other cuts according to their degree of brilliance, comes the oval cuts, emerald cuts, radiant cuts and so on.
This terminology falls amongst the 4 important C’s of the diamond. It refers to the cleanness of the diamond, i.e. the number of inclusions, blemishes, and flaws that diamonds contain. The ones that contain a lesser number of inclusions are graded higher. And are usually more expensive than the ones that contain a higher number of inclusions; which are graded lower and are hence cheaper accordingly. The best suggestion that can be given regarding clarity of a diamond is to look for VS1 and VS2 graded diamonds. As they will be eye-clean variants yet much lesser in terms of their costs than the VVS and FL variants.
Another C from the important 4 C’s, the cut quality of a diamond simply refers to its degree of beauty and visual appeal. The higher the cut grading, the expensive the diamond, the lower the grading the cheaper. The best cuts are generally termed as “Ideal” and “Excellent” ratings and the lower or so to speak the affordable ones are graded as “Very Good” and “Good”.
Representing another of the C from the 4C’s of a diamond, the color of a diamond refers to what color the lab-grown diamond is. The scale usually starts with the letter “D” which usually means colorless diamonds, which is the highest rating of diamond color grade. It ends with “Z” representing the diamonds that contain brownish or yellowish tints and is the lowest color grade rating.
Similar to the other C’s the higher the grade, the higher is the price and vice versa. It is usually recommended to go for the diamonds which fall in between the G-J color ranges, as these are the diamonds that look colorless to the naked eye but cost significantly lesser than the high grades that there are.
Carat Weight of Lab-grown Diamond
This is the C from the 4C’s of a diamond, which this article is mostly about. The typical idea is the heavier the stone, the higher or more expensive is its price and vice versa. That is exactly why people are recommended certain carat weight’s like the ones mentioned in the table that was listed above, as these weights are the choices of the masses meaning they are also the most cost-effective options according to the carat weight of lab-grown diamond to price ratio.
The Ultimate Average Carat Weights That Are Popular Amongst the United States
In the U.S., the average total carat weight of lab-grown diamond for an engagement ring is a little bit above the 1-carat mark; or to speak more specifically; 1.08 carats.
The best buys are between 1.0 carat to 1.9 carats; while there is a significant rise in preferences at the 0.70-0.79, 0.90-0.99, and 1.50-1.59 carat ranges. For better ideas and consultation, we always have and in this case to will recommend one to get in touch with a diamond expert and consult with them.
Happy diamond shopping!!