Today, 2-carat diamond rings have become some of the most common diamond engagement ring options for couples. Due to their rarity in nature, 2-carat diamonds are lower in availability and, therefore, more valuable.

You might assume that if you purchased a 1-carat diamond for approximately $6,000, you’d buy a 2-carat diamond ring at $12,000, right? Well, diamond pricing does not work that way. Let’s take a look at some things that influence diamond prices and find out why you’ll end up spending much more on a 2-carat diamond ring than on a classic 1-carat diamond ring:

What is a 2 Carat Diamond?

A carat (ct) is a unit used to measure the weight of diamonds. One gram is five carats, so a diamond carat is a fifth of a gram. When talking about 2-carat diamonds, we usually mean diamonds that weigh between 2.00 ct to 2.20 ct.

I want to stress this because it is vital that you get it: a carat is not a size but a weight unit.  I must admit that there is a solid connection between these two terms, but they don’t always mean the same thing. Depending on the individual cut of the diamond, a 1.90 ct with a shallower depth can look larger from above than a deeper 2 ct diamond. However, if both diamonds are cut to the same ideal proportions, the 2 ct diamond will look larger than the 1.90 ct. It is also important to note that a diamond with a non-ideal cut will have reduced brilliancy.

Why A 2 Carat Diamond Is So Much More Expensive Than A 1 Carat?

A diamond’s cost can be heavily be influenced by its carat weight. A diamond becomes rarer when it increases its carat weight and gets larger. This is because it is easier for a diamond cutter to find material to make smaller diamonds than to find a large enough piece of material to cut into a 2 carat stone.

At first, you won’t make heads or tails of diamond price mechanics. Many people believe a 1 carat diamond that sells at $6,000 would be $12,000 as a 2 carat stone, and $18,000 as a 3 carat stone, and so on. But, a diamond stone becomes rarer as its carat size increases and therefore, as carat weight goes up, the stone’s cost increases exponentially even for the same quality.

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Cheap 2 Carat Diamond Rings

There are numerous reasons why the phrase “cheap rings” is hated. Just like “affordable,” cheap is not only a relative term but also makes an item appear less desirable. If you want the look of a 2 carat, but don’t want to break the bank, stay just under 2 carats – buy a 1.90-carat diamond ring instead of going for the 2-carat diamond ring. You will be able to decrease the price by approximately 10-15%, even though you will have reduced the weight by 5%.

Focus On The Diamond’s Quality

Finding a quality diamond is of utmost importance. Many Jewelers won’t provide detailed information about a diamond, so you may not find the quality you are looking for. Professionals at Alex and Company give you all the information you need to make the right choice. Please take a look at our diamond calculator.

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Where can I Find The Best 2 Carat Diamond Rings?

It is best to buy your diamond from a reliable retailer with a GIA certificate. This way, whether you buy at a jewelry store or online, you have more confidence in what you are getting.

If you want to find a trusted jeweler like Alex and Company, look for one who can help you learn more about diamonds beyond the 4Cs so you can make an educated decision. A great jeweler will ensure that you acquire the perfect diamond for your budget and one that will exhibit the most brilliance, best color, preferred clarity, and the right size in your chosen setting. I’d recommend looking for your ideal ring in person at a store over buying it online so you can compare diamonds side by side and try on different style rings to create the most exciting one for your budget.

At our custom design brick-and-mortar store, we can help you get that ring that you have always longed for. For decades, Alex and Company has been keeping buyers informed about jewelry so that they can choose wisely. The staff at Alex & Co Jewelers is more than willing to hold your hand, whether it’s to guide you to the right ring or to help you create a one-of-a-kind custom designed ring.

When you buy a ring from us, we will continue the relationship for many years to come. Every time you come in, you will be offered a complimentary cleaning and inspection so your ring retains its top quality attributes. Tightening the loose prongs, polishing, and resizing are some of the jewelry restoration services you will get at Alex & Co. Aside from that, you will always get a complimentary replacement value appraisal and a free engagement ring insurance quote from Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.

You can find hundreds of exceptional diamond engagement ring designs on our website, and you can view them and more at our showroom in Newton, MA. Get in touch with us today, and we will guide you to your dream 2-carat diamond ring. We wish you well as you prepare for this big moment in your life!

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