If you want to spend a larger sum on a larger diamond you’ll want to feel some assurance that it is going to be worth the price you have paid for it. The reasons for spending big will of course vary, however I am going to assume here that a budget of $25,000 is accompanied with a desire for not only a large but an exceedingly beautiful diamond.
Is is possible to spend $25,000 and end up with a dull stone?
To be quite frank it’s not that easy to find a dull diamond at that price as long as you stick to our recommended list of jewelers. They know that it is not worth stocking dull and inferior diamonds. It just creates extra hassle with having to deal with unsatisfied customers.
They haven’t built up their reputations as high quality reliable business by taking shortcuts.
So it is comforting to know that we are only going to be tweaking things a little to make sure we have the best performing diamond, truly deserving of its price tag.
If the budget is $25,000 and the aim is to find a 2 carat diamond, we can make sure to eliminate any under-performers by trying to find diamonds with a grading report (diamond certificate) issued by AGS Laboratories.
Why? Because there is a very useful feature included on a certain type of AGS grading report which the lab has been issuing in the past few years. It is the Platinum Light Performance Diamond Quality Document.
Not the kind of document name you can turn into an easily pronounceable acronym, but nonetheless a very useful document.
I like what AGS says on their website:
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There are several patented technologies encompassing the system with enough technobabble to satisfy the nerdiest among us.
However, the IDEAS behind the system are based on good old common sense.
The complex pattern of light and dark in the diamond is really a fun house view of the surrounding world.
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Read the rest here: http://www.agslab.com/light-performance-cut-grade.php
If you’re like most people and don’t feel like studying table percentage values just to choose a diamond don’t feel overwhelmed. As stated above, most 2 carat diamonds with a value of $25,000 are top performers and there won’t be that many to choose from. The easiest way to perform this search is to set your search values to include diamonds over 2 carats, and close to $25,000. You’ll see that most diamond jewelers only have diamonds that are Excellent/Ideal cuts or Very Good cuts. Once you have narrowed down your search to a couple of diamonds, check to see if it is an AGS grading report and have a look at the grading report. Some places even let you select only those diamonds that have an AGS grading report ( James Allen for example). The majority of Brian Gavin Diamonds are graded by AGS.
The search parameters I used to locate the above diamonds can be used at
- Brian Gavin Diamonds (here’s my choice: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/2.068-i-si1-round-diamond-ags-104061006029 )
- JamesAllen (here’s my choice: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1433021.asp )
- BlueNile (here’s my choice: http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?reason=choice#diamonds_pid=LD01931448 )