Diamond prices and costing factors

 Below are some of the main factors involved when it comes to Diamond prices, and also what we recommend to consider before you start the custom process.

 

 

BUDGET:

When we get asked to quote for a certain Carat Size (ie 1ct, 1.5ct etc) we can provide a price but there's SO much more to a Diamond and urge your to consider all of the factors before asking for a price.

The main and most commonly misunderstood factors that influence the value is: Carat, Colour and Clarity. Obviously there are other factors (such as Shape, Fluorescence etc) but the three C's above is what we we've noticed that that take's a lot of client's attention, where it perhaps shouldn't.

For example, if you ask: "How much for a 1ct, VVS1, E colour Oval Diamond" we can't answer that for two reasons.

- You are limiting yourself to a HUGE range of alternative options that could be better in spread, appearance (beauty), or overall value, when you aren't necessarily getting a better stone. A lot of the potential options may also LOOK the same as the average person cannot see a lot of difference between some colour and clarity grades. This is something professional gemologists are trained to identify.

- There isn't a fixed price for exact specifications/requirements. 

If budget isn't something you have considered, we highly recommend to take the time for this prior to enquiring about our prices.
From a budget we can provide possible options and a rough carat size based on your preferences.
If you decide you would like to take the process further, this is where we can explore more specific options and source you the perfect stone!

 

 

AVOID LIMITING TO A FIXED CARAT SIZE:

We receive frequent emails asking "How much for 1ct, 1.5ct" and so on..

 The first thing that comes to a client's mind when deciding on a diamond, is the carat weight. Carat is simply a unit of weight and one big misconception is that carat weight equates to the overall size (or dimension) of a diamond.

This is where we highly recommend to seek value and beauty, rather than focusing on the numbers.

Here's two ways to get more value out of your carat:

1: Buy a 'spready' stone and avoid heavy
The dimensions of a Diamond (or top surface measurement) is what we call the spread - and is often overlooked when carat weight becomes the main focus. For example, you can have a 0.90ct Round Diamond with a very similar spread (in mm's) to a 1ct - but you will obviously be paying considerably more for the larger carat (even if the colour/clarity is graded lower for the 1ct).

This is because the 1ct would be cut deeper where as the 0.90ct would have a slightly shallower cut, allowing more face up size.

When sourcing a stone, we always prioritise spread to offer you more value for your money. Whilst depth may be seen as a negative, we do ensure an appropriate cut grade for all of our Diamonds as this is what is going to make the stone shine & sparkle correctly.

2: Buy an 'in between' carat
Another common 'mistake' is to focus on those big key numbers ie: 1ct, 1.5ct, 2ct etc.

In between sizes (ie 0.90ct, 1.3ct, 1.7ct etc) tend to be avoided due to common misconception that they would offer less size. Wrong!

These can offer you quite some savings for a very comparable look. This essentially allows you to achieve the look of the carat weight you are after rather than the technical carat weight you want. 

 

 

WHY WE DON'T HAVE INVENTORY:

All of our Diamonds are ordered on case-by-case basis as we do not carry inventory. Here are a few reasons why:

- Each client has their own needs and preferences. If we carried stock it could restrict you to what is available at that time. We believe customers should have access to a range of Diamonds and not have to settle or choose from a smaller range of limited options.

- Diamond stock and supply levels are constantly changing and being updated with newer options. Having access to this means we can find 'the best of the batch' or be presented with a wider variety of choice. 

Sourcing remotely doesn't mean you can see before you buy. All of our trusted suppliers provide HD videos and photos to see every little detail, along with the GIA Certificate code if you want to read the technical details.
We would never recommend a Diamond we aren't proud of, so you can rest assured we would only provide the best options that meet your criteria and budget.

 

 

AVOID TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON:

Clarity:

Florescence: 

Colour (to an extent):

 

 

 

 

SIZE GUIDE
RINGS
 
The most accurate way to determine your ring size is to go to a trusted jewellery store and have them measure your finger for you - we highly recommend this to avoid postage costs to return and exchange your ring. 
Alternatively you can obtain a free ring sizer from us HERE - shipping rates are calculated at checkout
All Ceremonial Rings are made to order and can be made to any size requirements. Please specify your exact size in the notes section upon checkout or alternatively you can email us with your order number and size. Custom sizing is only available for Ceremonial/made to order pieces
 
 Our ring sizes are commonly available for our web pieces are:
4 H 46.6mm circumference 14.9mm internal diameter 
5 J1/2 49.3mm 
circumference
15.7mm 
internal diameter
6 L1/2 51.9mm 
circumference
16.5mm 
internal diameter
7 N1/2 54.4mm 
circumference
17.3mm 
internal diameter
8 P1/2 57mm 
circumference
18.1mm 
internal diameter
If you have a specific size, please email us prior to placing your order and we will advise whether we can meet your requirements. Additional fee's for custom sizing will occur and will vary with each piece. 
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure your correct ring size. We do not accept returns if the ring does not fit, only exchanges.
 
NECKLACES
These are the common Necklace sizes used for our pieces. Please note that these measurements aren't exact and are dependant on your own body proportions. We recommend measuring your necklines prior purchasing a particular length.
15" This is designed to sit higher on the neckline or around the base of the neck. 
16" Sits around the hollow of the neck
17" Sits below or around the hollow of the neck
18" Sits mid-décolletage
 
 
 
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