The Most Popular Carat Size for Diamond Engagement Rings

We have prepared a comprehensive guide with some useful tips to help you understand what to look for when purchasing a 1- carat diamond ring. 

Whether you are looking for engagement rings or simply want to treat yourself to a diamond ring (because why not?) You’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. That being said, you’ll want to know how much a 1 carat diamond ring typically costs and to start exploring what the market has to offer. 

When buying diamond rings we sum up the total weight of the diamonds that are set in the ring. This includes any side stones, or pave detail. The diamond is considered 1 carat when the weight of the diamond is 0.2 grams. One thing you’ll want to look out for is the difference between the total carat weight and the weight of the center stone. For example, a ring could have a solitaire setting featuring a 1-carat oval diamond, or the ring could have a 0.90-carat center stone and 0.10-carat side stones. The choice comes down to personal preference.  

1-Carat Solitaire Ring

This style has become more and more popular. It’s minimal and chic, letting the diamond speak for itself. All you need to do is choose the shape and the type of gold for the setting. 1-carat diamonds are perfect for a solitaire setting and are sure to never go out of style. 

1 Carat Diamond Ring with a Special Design

If you’re the kind of person who loves a little extra glitter, something like a pave setting would be perfect. You could then opt for a smaller diamond, such as an 0.80-carat center stone, and have a total of 0.20 carat pave diamonds decorating the band. Another fantastic option is to add a diamond halo around the center stone. This will instantly make the center stone appear larger than it actually is, while adding an extra element of design. 

What Should You Look For When Buying a 1 Carat Diamond Ring?

No matter the carat weight, engagement rings are a big investment and you’ll want to make sure you are getting the best value for your money. First, you’ll want to make a purchase from a reliable company. Preferably, an experienced jewelry manufacturer with a good reputation. You should also make sure you are buying a natural diamond opposed to a lab-grown diamond if your budget allows for it. Purchasing natural diamonds ensures the value of the diamond over time. Last but not least, consider the color, clarity, and cut. You can check out all the details at our diamond engagement rings – complete guide for the beginner.

Color: A high color grade essentially means a whiter diamond. That is why you should buy a diamond within this color range: D, E, F, G, H, I ( D being the highest). A lower color grade, such as J is also possible depending on the cut. For example, emerald cut diamonds tend to mask color exceptionally well. There are always exceptions to this guideline. 

Clarity: As a rule of thumb, you should always choose from SI and above. A higher clarity (VS/VVS) comes with a higher price tag. 

The Cut: The cut grade affects the way the diamond catches and reflects light, ultimately resulting in how it sparkles. In general, we recommend buying diamonds with a very good cut grade or above. If you’re unsure, you can always consult one of our experts or schedule a meeting at our showroom for more guidance. 

How Much Does a 1 Carat Diamond Actually Cost?

Diamond prices range according to supply and demand. For example, if there is a high demand for 1-carat diamonds, they will therefore be more expensive. If you decide to buy a 0.90-carat diamond (about 10% less by weight) you can save up to 30%. 0.90-0.95 carat diamonds look almost identical to a 1 carat stone and if you add a few small diamonds on each side, the total carat in the ring will reach 1 carat. As mentioned before, the quality of the diamond greatly affects the price of the engagement ring. The typical range is anywhere between 3,500 USD up to 10,000 USD. 

 Here, at Nature Sparkle, we strive to provide our customers with the quality diamond they have always dreamed of at an affordable price point. 

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