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The Big Debate: Diamond Size vs Quality

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diamond-size-vs-quality-maryland-baltimore.jpegI’ve been doing this job for over a decade and the question customers ask most frequently is whether they should be paying for diamond size vs quality.

To be honest, the real question to ask is do you prefer a larger diamond or more sparkle in your diamond? When you’re shopping for an engagement ring, this is one of the first facts to secretly extract from your soon to be fiancé.

Keep reading to learn more about the difference between diamond size and quality, and learn how to get the best diamond in both realms!

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You Should be Paying For…

What matters is what’s important to YOU – the person wearing the ring, every day, for many years to come. What matters to your friends and family isn’t an issue; so don’t put too much weight on the opinion of others.

So yes, if you prefer a bigger diamond, then size does matter. You should seek the largest carat size (a.k.a. diamond weight) available within your budget. However, if exceptional sparkle is most important to you, then you should seek the highest quality diamond available within your budget.

But what if you don’t want to choose between a bigger diamond or better quality? You don’t have to – but realize that you might need to adjust your budget.

When Diamond Quality is Most Important to You

The best place to start your search for diamond quality is with the Hearts on Fire line. If I had only one word to describe these diamonds, it would be AMAZING. The company uses cutting-edge (no pun intended) technology to cut 58 facets that deliver exceptional sparkle. Hearts on Fire was even taken to court over the claim that the company’s diamonds sparkle more than those of their competitors – and WON the case!

Don’t just take my word; we recently had a customer trade her 1.25 carat emerald cut diamond ring for a .75 carat Hearts on Fire diamond engagement ring. To her, the size vs quality battle wasn’t in question. She wanted to sparkle.

If you covet a bigger diamond, don’t worry; we have lots of options and many different brands for you to find a perfect match.

Size or quality differences aside, our goal is to find a diamond you love.

Other Diamond Factors to Consider

Diamond selection isn’t just about size or quality. On the journey to find your perfect ring, you’ll become quite familiar with the 4 Cs of diamonds:

  • Color
  • Clarity
  • Carat
  • Cut

You will also discover that the price of your ring will be based on how you choose to combine each of these characteristics. Each combination you create will come at a unique price.

There are many factors to consider when purchasing diamonds, so you’ll want the guidance of a knowledgeable, trustworthy jeweler to make this lifetime investment.

What You Should Know About Online Shopping

Browsing online is a great place to do your initial research. You’ll quickly find that for each diamond, you will typically see a certificate verifying the diamond’s characteristics, plus a two-dimensional picture that should match the certificate.

However, diamonds are one of the most difficult products to photograph. What you see may not be the actual size. Online shopping is also difficult if you haven’t decided the relative importance of the 4 Cs for you.

Nothing replaces visiting your trusted jeweler. You get to see up close and personal what is real, how it looks on your hand, and whether diamond size vs quality is what matters most to you. Make an appointment today, and our expert gemologists will be ready to help you with that question, and many more. Our time and attention is yours.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Expert Gemologists

If you’re ready to schedule your free appointment and compare diamonds in person, call us today at 410-994-5997 or click here to contact us online now.

Nelson Coleman Jewelers is the oldest jewelry store in Maryland, delivering premium service and high quality jewelry. Customer service is a top priority for us, and our non-commissioned expert gemologists will help you find the perfect gem at the perfect price. Give us a call today to get started!

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