Let’s face it. Engagement rings aren’t cheap, and some women love big rocks. While 2 carat diamond engagement rings may seem like an extravagant and beautiful option for a bride to be, there are a few surprising truths that no one will tell you about them.
First off, the basic truth is not many men can afford 2 carat diamond engagement rings. That is, in their pure solitaire form. For a decent single 2 carat diamond, you can look to spend at a minimum $14, 420 according to a recent price check from popular online jewelers like Blue Nile and James Allen. This will get you a decent cut diamond without many inclusions (flaws) and within a good color range.
If you’re interested in having a total carat weight of two carats, you can certainly cut down the price to a more affordable range. Total carat weight means that you can have dozens, if not hundreds, of tiny pinpoint diamonds that, when combined, can total two carats. These diamonds are generally not worth very much on their own and may have flaws or be chips of diamonds that were left over from cutting larger stones. It’s not about quality but quantity if you’re going for two carats in total carat weight, but it’ll do in a budget pinch. Just don’t spend more than you need to. Remember, for this quality and size you could opt for cubic zirconia and not ever notice a difference. Jewelers love to advertize (and sell!) rings with high total carat weights because their profit margin is incredible. Don’t pay thousands and be prepared to negotiate with this fantastic insider information under your belt.
Truth #2 About a 2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Are you seeing a lot of large diamonds on younger and younger women these days? Changes are those 2 carat diamond engagement rings may not even be diamonds. More jewelers are offering the option for a high grade, diamond cut cubic zirconia stone as a place holder stone for when a mined diamond can be purchased in its place. The brilliant thing about this situation is that the woman still gets the look of a big diamond without having to sacrifice size. Another excellent reason to do this is that a setting that holds a diamond will hold a cubic zirconia and vice a versa. You can get the setting you really want and enjoy the look at a fraction of the cost. Just be sure to pick out your setting first and tell the jeweler later, as he will lose interest if he knows you aren’t interested in buying an exorbitantly marked up rock.
Truth #3 About a 2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
If you’re insistent on a two carat diamond ring, you will need to sacrifice quality in the 4 C’s categories in order to get an affordable option. Many women who choose a mined diamond in the 2 carat range have a lot of inclusions (flaws) or a more yellow tone. It’s all about the quality of the cut, the clarity of the diamond and the color purity of the stone. All of these will be lower grade if you insist on getting something less than $14,000. You might be able to get away with a $10,000 2 carat diamond engagement ring, but chances are, you won’t be getting the same level of quality that you could get if you decided on a $10,000 1 carat diamond engagement ring. The difference would be quite noticeable.
Truth #4 About a 2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
A trick to getting a better priced diamond is to go slightly under the desired carat weight. For instance, if you want a two carat diamond, check out the price difference of a 1.89 carat diamond. You’ll be blown away at the price savings and your eyes won’t be able to tell whether it is 1.89 carats or 2.0 carats. It’ll look the same.
Hopefully these four tips have helped our readers be better informed prior to heading out shopping for a gorgeous (and large) diamond engagement ring. Be sure to do your homework on the 4 C’s and you will be well on your way to getting the perfect ring for the perfect woman.