Biggest Possible Diamond + Engagement Ring Under $10,000

Today’s challenge, which I set for myself, was to find the biggest possible diamond for an engagement ring , and keep the total budget to under $10,000.

I allowed myself to compromise on a few of my rules. I’d allow for color and cut quality to not be the top priority, and focus only on size.

It just is a fact that no matter how much I harp on about cut quality and clarity being the most important factors in getting a beautiful stone some people just want a big diamond. And I really shouldn’t judge them, if that is their priority.

I had to reject a number of candidates as I still think of the cut quality being important even though I tried hard to not think that way. It’s still in the forefront of my mind when appraising a diamond, and determining if it is going to give the buyer complete satisfaction and no regrets.

I had to think long and hard about  giving this one my No Regrets stamp of approval. And I almost did. What made me hesitate is an inclusion which is noticable at close range. There is a crystal in the middle of the table (center of the top of the diamond) which is of sufficient size to be visible to the naked eye, though one would still have to look quite close to really notice it. I’ll say that this  is still better than a lot of diamonds I have seen in display windows that sell at a higher price with even more inclusions, which made me feel like taking out a steel brush and giving it a little scrub.

But let’s look on the bright side: inclusions are really a badge of authenticity, as they show us that it is a natural diamond.

So I’ll just reiterate that this diamond is selected as our Catch of The Day for being the biggest diamond under $10,000, and it is still a very decent diamond. The cut is really quite nice. It has perfect proportions with a depth of 61.9% being extremely close to the ideal 60%, and a table of 60% which is exactly the ideal. It will definitely look fantastic. In light of the compromises we are making in order to get a bigger diamond this one is a very good choice. This one is 8mm across!

Look I don’t think you can do better than this for a 2 carat diamond, it’s $8700, especially for anyone who feels that size is all that matters.  If that is the case I present to you our massive Catch Of the Day:

2.01 Carat K-I1 Good Cut Round Diamond

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/K-I1-Good-Cut-Round-Diamond-1493524.asp

Shape:  Round
Carat weight:  2.01
Cut:  Good
Color:  K
Clarity:  I1
Certificate:  GIA
 Price: $8700
Depth:  61.9%
Table:  60.0%
Polish:  Very Good
Symmetry:  Very Good
Girdle: 
Culet: 
Fluorescence:  None
Measurements:  7.98mm*8.00mm*4.95mm