When it comes to choosing between two similar, but different looking diamonds, one can never just rely on looks. Due to the difference in cut quality, something that seems beautiful may not be the best choice for you or your intended use.
The cut of a lab-manufactured diamond is very important as they relate to the setting that will hold them. For example, if the stone is set into platinum jewelry, then the shape of the diamond does not matter as much. However, if the piece is made out of silver, then more cushion-cut diamonds are better than less!
There are eight main cuts that a diamond can have, with most diamonds being either round (ball) shaped or pointed (teardrop). The next two shapes are what people refer to as “cushion” and “emerald” cuts. A cushion cut diamond has a wider top surface area which creates a warmer, more intimate look. Emerald cut stones are sharper and more elegant, creating a dramatic look.
This article will talk about the increasing popularity of lab grown diamonds and some general tips on how to choose a good emerald cut lab diamond, and some specifics about each type. There are also separate paragraphs for men and women when buying a ring.
Look at the diamond closely
When you get your hands on an emerald cut lab diamond, your first job is to look at it! You should spend some time studying it, just like you would with any other diamond shape.
Try moving around the stone and watching it glisten as it flashes in the light. Does it seem heavier on one side? If so, what color are its edges and how heavy is that weight?
You can also take pictures or make notes to help remember these details later.
Consider the color
While some claim that white diamonds are more romantic, there is no proof of this. The true nature of the “white diamond” myth comes down to proportion. A one carat (0.2 g) fancy white diamond will look just as beautiful as a 1-carat (1 g) yellow or brown diamond.
It is the size that makes the difference. One carats seem much bigger when you have to compare them against a larger stone! By comparing like sizes, it evens out and we can see how beautiful every sized diamond really looks.
Color doesn’t matter too much in terms of perception either. Some say that darker diamonds appear richer due to their intensity, but this also depends on your own personal settings and decorations.
In fact, many high profile jewelry designs feature lighter colored stones because they compliment other materials and shades better.
Look at the clarity
Clarity is one of the most important factors to consider when buying an cut lab emerald diamonds. This is determined by two things, natural flaws or inclusions that are present within the stone and whether they are internal or external.
Clarity levels range from Faint (worst) to Ideal (best). A faint stone has very little light reflection- perfect for creating a more romantic feel. An ideal stone is completely clear with no imperfections.
Most people agree that higher quality stones will be clearer than lower quality ones. There are several ways to determine this!
Color can add appeal to some diamonds so make sure you factor that into your budget. Also, price does not always indicate quality of product. Make sure to do your research and find a good balance between the two.
General rules of thumb say that larger size gemstones are typically better due to their proportionally heavier weight.
Pay attention to the cut
The main difference between round, pear-shaped, square and other shaped diamonds is the shape of their top side or “table”. A table that is wider at the bottom creates a longer length for bigger smiles.
A rounded diamond has a more gentle, elegant look due to its curved surface.
Consider the carat size
The 5 carat weight of a diamond is one of the most important features to know when buying jewelry. A higher carat weight means it is slightly thicker than a lower carat weight stone.
A 1-carat stone is equal to about 0.18 ct. It is very thin, almost like a platinum or white gold band. One carat is also enough to make a beautiful piece of jewelry!
In fact, one carat diamonds are the standard cut for engagement rings. Most people agree that three to five percenters are attractive, but only if you’re looking for a very elegant look.
So what does it mean to be in balance? Well, a one carat stone is in balance when it is one third longer (heavier) than it is wide. This creates an illusion of depth due to how heavy the stone is.
It is also balanced because it takes up the same amount of space as other stones of its size, which makes it seem more substantial and rich. People often refer to this as a “weighty” stone.
Pay attention to the price
While most people focus on the carats of their gem, or whether the stone is white, yellow or rose-colored, there’s another key feature that can help you know if an emerald cut diamond is worth the money it demands — how expensive it is!
Prices for clear stones with no karats are much cheaper than fancy one-or two-karat diamonds because they’re seen as less valuable. This is why we recommend staying within your budget when buying a new jewelry piece!
It’s also important to do your research about specific gems before you invest in them. For example, even though green diamonds are considered more elegant than gold ones, some have found that blue diamonds are actually better looking and sharper due to their unique internal structure.
Know your value
When buying a diamond, one of the most important things to consider is how much it costs! Obviously, you want to make sure you are spending enough money for what you get, but you also don’t want to overpay either.
There are many ways to determine the price of your diamond, some more accurate than others. By using the correct tools, you will know exactly what your precious stone is worth so that you don’t pay too much or sell and lose money!
The market price of a diamond can vary quite a bit depending on several different factors. Some of these include: size, karatage (carats), clarity, setting style, and maybe even gender. All of these play a major role in determining the true cost of your diamond.
By knowing the average prices of like diamonds, you can use the information to help you find the best deal for your budget. Also, most jewelry stores have price lists online where you can compare invoices easily.
General rules about carat weight tell us nothing about quality. A one carat diamond may be totally illusionary, while a three-and-a-half carat diamond could be way undervalued. It is up to you to decide if this matter more than the actual cost.
Know your place in jewelry
As we have discussed, carats are an important number when it comes to lab diamonds, but there is more to knowing what size diamond you need for a setting than just looking at the weight.
The way that people describe their favorite rings or wedding bands often include how much they loved the ring, or what kind of setting the band has. Some mention the style of the band or the design of the setting.
All of these are very interesting ways to talk about the ring. More importantly though, they indicate whether the wearer was able to tell that the gemstone mattered to them. It may even be the only thing they mentioned about the stone.
That can’t be good if you want to know why the stone matter to someone else! If you are buying a gemstone as a gift, make sure to ask if they would like another shape, size, or color so that you don’t waste money if they don’t love the one you picked.