How to Maximize Your E-Ring Budget: Emeralds for $15K

Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! In this episode, we’re talking about how you can maximize your budget with emerald cuts in a $15k price range. Which option would you choose? 💍✨

 

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Emerald cut diamonds tend to face up whiter than other cuts, meaning we can compromise on color most of the time for maximum value. However, because of their step-cut faceting, it is easier to see inclusions or imperfections in the diamond. 

 

Here are 3 options for an emerald cut diamond for a $15k budget!

 

The first one is a 1.6 carat, G color, VVS2 quality diamond. This is the smallest diamond of today, and while it has a great color quality, we are prioritizing clarity with this diamond. The VVS2 quality will ensure there are no inclusions visible in the diamond to the eye and very hard to see any under magnification. 

 

The second option is a 2.02 carat, I color, VS2 quality diamond. This option goes over the 2 carat mark, which is on the larger side. The I color is in the middle of the near-colorless range, which means this diamond still faces quite bright and white. With the VS2 quality, you have to make sure that no inclusions are visible to the naked eye, and in this case this diamond is eye-clean, so we are good to go!

 

The last option maximizes for size - 2.40 carat, K color, VS1 quality diamond. The quality of the diamond is quite good as well. However, we are compromising a bit on color with the K color, which is right out of the near-colorless range and the top of the faint color range. A K color on an emerald can vary from white to yellowish tint, but this diamond still faces up white. 

 

Given these three options, which would you choose? Would you compromise on color, size, or clarity? Let me know in the comments below!