Where can I buy the best diamond close to 1 carat for under $5000?

When speaking of “best” we have to consider that there can be subtle differences in taste, however it is generally agreed that the diamond should not look dull and lifeless. Therefore a diamond that can be deemed to provide the best value while displaying fine features will always be one that has the highest quality cut, highest grade of polish, have the highest grades in terms of proportion and will have optimum ratios. It will also have as few inclusions/clouds/feathering as possible so as not to detract from its beauty.

Having said that, choosing a diamond within budget will, with few exceptions, involve some form of compromise. It is generally a matter of finding those compromises which are acceptable.

(if the specific diamonds I showcase in this post are no longer available by the time you read this post, hopefully the information here will help you to find your own ideal diamond within your budget)

So here goes.

To stay under $5000 I began my search among the diamonds that are just under 1 carat. The price per carat does jump once the diamond reaches 1 carat, as is the case at several weight points. This means that the best bargains are to be found just below the whole, quarter, half, or three quarter carat markers.

First stop will be BlueNile.com

Setting the search parameters to include all diamonds that are $4900-$5000 will give us way too many hits. So I have narrowed the search by including only those diamonds that have been give an Ideal Cut grade or better, and an H to G color grade. The clarity grade I have chosen is VVS1 to VVS2. I’ve left the carat search field as is so we can see everything that this search gives us.

diamond search $5000 close to 1 caratOf the 21 diamonds this search turns up there are two for which BlueNile offers us 360 degree views. Taking a closer look at those two diamonds GIA reports I can see that one of them lists Pinpoint, Needle, Cloud amongst its clarity characteristics.

Therefore I will eliminate that diamond from my shortlist.

The one which will make it onto my shortlist is this one:

0.90-Carat Round Diamond

Stock number LD08079367
Price per carat $5,466
Carat weight 0.90
Shape Round
CutIdeal
Color H
Clarity VVS1
Length/width ratio 1.01
Depth % 62.6%
Table % 57.0%
Polish Excellent
Symmetry Very Good
Girdle Medium to Slightly Thick
Culet None
Fluorescence None
Measurements 6.17 x 6.09 x 3.83 mm

We can see here that the price per carat is over $5000 and it would be unrealistic at this point in time to expect to get a 1 carat diamond without compromising in other areas such as quality of cut, clarity, color, which quite frankly are usually a lot more disappointing than a very small compromise in size.

 

Looking at this diamond’s GIA report we can see that there is a mention of “feather”. This is pretty common and sometimes the feather is a very minor internal flaw. But without a more detailed report we can’t actually see how much feathering there is in this diamond. A less detailed report like this does cost less than a full work up, but the compromise in this case results in some unknowns.

Apart from that minor concern, everything else looks great. No fluorescence to worry about, Symmetry is “very good”, which means it could be better, but the 360 degree view shows us that it’s very close to being “excellent”.

The next place we will look is at VictorCanera.com

VictorCanera stands out among the diamond jewelers I list here on MyTop10DiamondWebsites.com because Victor Canera is one of the jewelers that doesn’t actually stock any diamonds that one would regret buying. All the stock listed on their site is owned by Victor Canera. To see more about the difference between owned stock and virtual stock please see this post here.This allows Victor Canera to only select diamonds that are up to their standards.

Essentially it boils down to Victor Canera establishing a business that is not a sales machine but whose aim is to create beautiful things that people will truly love to own.

This all makes searching for diamonds much easier at VictorCanera.com than at many other websites as you aren’t faced with any dud diamonds.

Today’s search at VictorCanera.com turns up a beautiful diamond that is within the goal of being under $5000.

0.892 ct H – SI1 Canera Ideal Hearts Diamond

0.892 ct H - SI1 Canera Ideal Hearts Diamond under $5000
0.892 ct H – SI1 Canera Ideal Hearts Diamond under $5000

The diamond has had its lab report issued by AGS which is preferred by diamond cutters who have their own signature cut. Victor Canera explains why:

“AGS’ ground-breaking research in Cut and Light Performance has immensely contributed to the understanding of diamonds. AGS is considered the authority in the Cut analysis of diamonds.” – Victor Canera

 

Comparing this Victor Canera Ideal Hearts Diamond to the diamond listed at Blue Nile above we can see that this one’s symmetry is much better in terms of length to width ratio. The Victor Canera diamond is has almost identical length and width with a tiny tiny difference of .02 mm, whereas the one listed at Blue Nile has a difference between length and with of a gaping .08 mm. The near perfect symmetry of Victor Canera’s diamond plays an important role in this diamond receiving such a high rating from AGS on its Platinum Light Performance Diamond Quality Report.

What makes this diamond the winner is that it is a Canera Ideal Hearts.

As I mentioned above the high quality of Victor Canera diamonds begins with the selection of the world’s best rough diamonds. The diamond in the rough, is passed on to master diamond cutters who represent centuries of amassed knowledge of diamond cutting. The experience and skill of the polisher is further enhanced with the use of the world’s most modern diamond polishing technologies. After the rough diamond is polished, the stone is further inspected and only stones exhibiting ideal optical symmetry through hearts and arrows patterns continue to the next stage. And of course to make sure that only the best of the best are included in Victor Canera inventory the verification of Canera Ideal Hearts, Hearts and Arrows Diamonds is done through AGS Laboratories. The AGS labs are known as being one of the most rigorous laboratories in the world. Affirming its precision, Canera Ideal Hearts diamonds always achieve the distinction of receiving AGS Laboratory’s highest scores of 0 or Ideal, for Cut, Polish, Symmetry and Light Performance otherwise known as AGS 000.

Hopefully this write up will help you find your ideal diamond. Also you will be glad to know that you can call Victor Canera and arrange a free consultation. (Let him know Thomas J Stevens from mytop10diamondwebsites.com referred you, if you can.)

Alternately please send me your question through the contact form.

Your question will be used as a starting point for another blog post (though I’ll email the recommendation to you first so you can have a chance to reserve the diamond I recommend).

Happy diamond hunting.

Valentine’s Day Sale at Brian Gavin Diamonds

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Create the perfect piece for your special someone and give them an everlasting symbol of your love this Valentine’s Day.

When you pair a diamond (or diamonds) with a pendant or earrings, you’ll enjoy up to 8% off the diamond (or diamonds).

 

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Discount coupon for Diamonds-USA

Great news for those who want to take advantage of discounts at Diamonds-USA. They have announced a new discount voucher just in time for valentine’s day.

The coupon code is currently listed here on Diamonds-USA.com.
Expires Feb 28 2017

A couple of reminders why you would want to buy your diamonds from Diamonds-USA: They offer the option to receive the jewelry before you pay so you can inspect it first. They offer diamonds which have all been inspected by David Braverman for top quality and clarity.They are the source: they have their own cutting facilities, which means they’ve cut out the extra step (and removed the additional cost) of having the diamonds displayed in a retail store. They offer CAD design, so you can get your ring customized exactly the way you want it.

 

Where to buy pink diamonds for less than USD15000

The specialists in colored diamonds featured on my list are among some of the best places to buy diamonds. Yes it is true that any jeweler worth his salt will be able to get you a colored stone, but there are several reasons I recommend this particular jeweler for all your fancy colors.

Note: Just to review a couple of terms. (Please skip on ahead if you already know about diamond terminology.) The word "fancy" when used in regard to diamond color means intensely or vividly colored. When used in regard to shape "fancy cut" means any shape other than the standard classic usually referred to as a round brilliant.

The diamond we have for you today actually falls in both categories:

Fancy color and fancy cut.

Pink diamonds are rare therefore they command a respectable price. But that’s not to say we can’t find you a beautiful one at a fair price.

pink-heart-diamond-leibishThis little beauty is a gorgeous fancy intense pink cut into a heart shape and not only does it have good symmetry, but good polish and has Argyle laser inscription and certification.

This one gets my “No Regrets” stamp of approval.No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

Heart Brilliant

Measurements
3.54 x 3.58 x 2.17 mm
Carat Weight
0.16 carat
Clarity Grade
SI2

color

Origin
Natural
Grade
Fancy Intense Pink
Distribution
Even

proportions

Depth
60.6 %
Table
59 %
Girdle
Slightly Thick to Very Thick, Faceted
Culet
None

finish

Polish
Very Good
Symmetry
Very Good

Fluorescence

Fluorescence
Medium Blue

clarity characteristics

Clarity Characteristics
Feather, Needle, Pinpoint, Natural

The reasons I recommend Leibish for colored stones is because first of all this is their speciality. If you want good service and good quality go to the specialist. And like most of the jewelers on our list Liebish is a well established entity. Leibish and Co participates in the annual invitation only Argyle Pink Diamond Tender. Enough said.

Leibish is also a proponent of diamonds as investments so they are keen to give purchasers a chance to get in at a good price.

All in all Leibish are great to deal with and provide a wonderful service.

I asked them to send me a list of a few more pink diamonds under $15000 and they responded within the hour with the following list (which includes the stone reviewed above).

  1. www.leibish.com/pink-diamonds/fancy-intense-pink-heart-23805
  2. www.leibish.com/pink-diamonds/fancy-intense-pink-pear-23345
  3. www.leibish.com/pink-diamonds/fancy-intense-purplish-pink-emerald-26495
  4. www.leibish.com/pink-diamonds/fancy-vivid-purplish-pink-radiant-18858

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It may have been a while since I posted anything in Catch of The Day.  But as soon as I got news of this sale I knew I would have a lot of happy readers. Brian Gavin Diamonds seem to be the diamonds almost everyone wants. I sure am glad to have discovered them in my search for the best places to buy diamonds. Here’s your chance to take advantage of not only a discount on a Signature Cut diamond, which is about as rare as you can get, but it is on a cushion diamond which seems to be one of the most sought after cuts at the moment. Click here to view the coupon code at Brian Gavin Diamonds website.

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A perfect diamond available now: 1 carat under $10000

I was recently sent a request from one of my readers who said he wanted a nice diamond, a top sparkler for about 10,000.

The one I found for him was very much like this one below, and he was very happy to snatch it up.

I thought I should post one up for everyone to have a look at, including you.

So I just checked Brian Gavin Diamonds and they have another perfect diamond available, which I think represents terrific value.

Not sure how long it will stay available since it is absolutely incredible in its perfection! It’s hard to imagine how you can cut a DIAMOND and get such perfect angles. I am impressed!

This image right here (below) on this page is a highly magnified image of the diamond. Its actual size is 6 and a half millimeters across.

www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.050-H-VS2-Round-Diamond-AGS-104063639011

This image is of the actual diamond, not a stock photo.

 

   Brian Gavin Signature
Brian Gavin Signature 1.050 H VS2 Hearts and Arrows Round

 

 

Type Brian Gavin Signature
Product ID: AGS-104063639011
Shape: Round
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.050
Color: H (extremely clear!)
Clarity: VS2 (hardly a speck!)
Measurements: 6.51 mm x 6.54 mm x 4.02 mm
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal (WOW!)
Light Performance: Ideal (WOW!)
Polish: Ideal (WOW!)
Symmetry: Ideal (WOW!)

 

Table %: 57.7
Depth %: 61.6 (fantastic!)
Crown %: 14.9
Crown Angle: 34.9
Star %: 54.0
Pav Angle: 40.9
Pavillion %: 43.4
Lower Girdle %: 77.0
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible (fantastic!)
Girdle Min-Max %: 1.5 – 3.6
Girdle: Thin To Medium Faceted

If you are not familiar with Brian Gavin Diamonds I have a little more information about Brian Gavin here. The diamonds available from him are among my favorites, and seem to be a favorite for many of my readers. You’ll be hard pressed to find any diamonds that are more beautiful and they are very competitively priced, which always goes down a treat with savvy shoppers.

I have no hesitation in giving this my  “No Regrets” stamp of approval.

No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

1.00 Carat I-SI1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond $4900!

Check out this beauty!

Even though it is Slightly Included, you can observe that it is eye clean in the  high resolution image. Click on the image and you’ll see the diamond in complete 360° at a magnification of 40.

That’s even higher than a jeweler would get through a standard jeweler’s loupe!

1 carat diamond

Carat weight:1.00

Certificate:GIA

Color:I

Shape: Round

Clarity: SI1

Cut: Ideal
Depth %:60.60

Girdle: Medium-Slightly Thick

Table %:59.00 Culet:NN

Polish:Excellent

Crown ?: –

Symmetry:Excellent

Crown %:0.00

Fluorescence:None

Pavilion ?:- L/W/D (mm): 6.46 x 6.44 x 3.91

Pavilion %: 0.00

Where Can I Find The Best Half Carat Diamond I Can Buy?

This morning I discovered this fantastic little beauty.

It’s just within the range of sizes I recommend for an engagement ring, but it will have a lot of sparkle and life.

50 point (half carat) H-VS1 Excellent Cut Round Diamond

 

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.50-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-174040

Carat weight: 0.50

Certificate is from GIA

Color: H

Shape: Round

Clarity: VS1

Cut: Excellent

Depth %: 61.40

Girdle:Medium-Slightly Thick

Table %: 58.00

Culet: None

Polish:Excellent

Crown ?: 34.50

Symmetry:Excellent

Crown %: 14.50

Fluorescence: None

Pavilion ?: 40.80

L/W/D (mm): 5.12*5.10*3.14

Pavilion %: 43.00

 

According to Rapaport, the global authority on diamond prices, the majority of diamonds bought within the United States range between 0.50 carat to 0.99 carat, H+, SI goods. So this diamond would be just within that range, though better clarity.

Cushion Cut Diamond 1.71 ct G Color VS1 Clarity GIA

I am detecting an increase in the interest in cushion cut diamonds.

Finding a cushion cut diamond which has a comparatively high level of brilliance can prove difficult. This is an area that many buyers do well to request help in selecting a diamond in order to find one with the most brilliance.

Today’s catch of the day is a Cushion Cut Diamond 1.71 ct G Color VS1 Clarity with a certificate issued by GIA

Price = $14,206

Diamonds-USA only has a sample image with their listing, so I requested a photo from David Braverman, who was kind enough to email the photo for this diamond to me. Here is the photo he sent me.

diamondsUSA-171ct-cushion

 

The GIA report can be viewed here from the GIA server.

The diamond can be bought from Diamonds-USA, here.