It’s no secret that most people appreciate size, especially when it comes to a diamond (we still don’t know why). Yes, your significant other may advocate that they’d prefer quality (color and clarity) over size (carat weight) if they had to choose between the two, but when push comes to shove, all people really talk about is “how big is your diamond?” On a serious note though, who says that you have to settle for one or the other? Why can’t you have the best of both worlds— size and quality? Let’s jump right into it.
A diamond is broken down into the 4 C’s— cut, carat weight, color, and clarity (see Overview of the 4 C’s). In almost every case, when comparing diamonds side by side, the main difference you’ll notice immediately (to the naked eye), first and foremost, is the size of the diamond. With that being said, I always like to recommend focusing the budget on the aspects of a diamond that one could differentiate visually. Just to be clear, my advice here isn’t to focus on size and size alone, while ignoring all the other aspects of a diamond. That would be very foolish. Here’s what I’m trying to convey—explore your options! Don’t be afraid of giving in slightly on color or clarity for size, especially if you can’t see a visual difference. Trust me—if you can’t—neither can your partner.
Familiarize yourself with what different color and clarity grades look like, so that you can make an informed decision when determining what color and clarity grades are in your comfort zone, aka what color and clarity grades look best visually to you without making a hole in your pocket. When you realize that giving in on color or clarity (oh so slightly) has almost no impact on the visual appearance or sparkle of the diamond, but in fact just allows you to go a bit bigger, size becomes a really attractive component.