Choosing a diamond is a hard job. Do you want a larger diamond or a more affordable diamond? It’s important to understand the factors that go into diamond pricing and quality so that you get something you (or your partner) will be happy with!
In this article, learn how big a 2 carat diamond is, whether it’s a good size for an engagement ring, and how much it might cost.
And if you’re in the market for a ring or two, why not take a look at our collection of affordable demi-fine rings? There’s something for everyone!
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What size is a 2 carat diamond?
Carat weight measures the weight of diamonds. A carat weighs 200 milligrams—so a 2 carat diamond is 400 milligrams.
How big is that exactly?
Well, it depends on the cut of the diamond. The round brilliant cut is the most popular diamond cut, so we’ll cover that. A 2 carat round diamond is approximately 8.2 millimeters wide (5/16ths of an inch). Compare this to a 1 carat diamond which is about 6.4 millimeters wide (a quarter of an inch).
Two-carat diamonds are far more expensive than smaller diamonds—even when the carat size is very close. This is because a 2 carat diamond is referred to as a “magic size.” This carat size comes with a level of prestige that tends to increase its price drastically. So a 2 carat diamond will cost much more than even a 1.9 carat diamond.
Plus, a 2 carat diamond is quite large, so it’s already going to be much more expensive—especially with great diamond clarity and color grade.
All things considered, an average 2 carat diamond can range anywhere from $8,000 up to $100,000.
As we mentioned, the drastic variation in price is because of the diamond qualities other than carat weight. There’s color grade, clarity grade, and cut grade. If it’s a 2 carat colorless diamond with no inclusions and an ideal cut, it’s going to be far more expensive.
Another factor that affects diamond pricing includes whether it’s a lab-grown diamond. Mined diamonds are more expensive than lab-grown.
Finally, the style of cut can also affect the price. The round brilliant cut is the most popular and is generally more expensive.
Rarer or more niche cuts—including the cushion cut, princess cut, and Asscher cut—can be priced quite differently. Make sure you have a good idea of diamond pricing before you commit to buy your next diamond.
The average size of the center stone diamond in an engagement ring is about one carat. So a 2 carat stone will be twice the average. Is that a good thing?
As usual, this question depends on personal preference and budget. If you want a statement piece and have the money to spare, why not? Here are some of the pros and cons of a 2 carat diamond engagement ring.
A 2 carat engagement ring will draw endless attention and praise. The huge size of the gemstone will stand out, especially on a solitaire engagement ring. Further, the diamond size might help you appreciate the optical quality of the diamond!
Cons of a 2 carat diamond
It is harder to afford a high-quality 2 carat diamond than a smaller diamond. The price of a 2 carat diamond is generally two or three times more than a 1 carat diamond of the same quality. If budget is an issue, a smaller diamond is a better choice.
Following this point, size isn’t everything. You might be able to afford a 2 carat diamond, but is it worth it if it’s full of inclusions and a poor color grade? Or if it’s a poor cut grade and you can see how asymmetrical it is? In this case, a smaller diamond with a better cut grade, color grade, and clarity grade will probably be prettier.
Buying a 2 carat diamond
When shopping for any diamond, don’t forget the 4Cs. When you’re shopping for a diamond ring (be it an engagement ring or anything else), we always recommend setting your budget and then choosing the minimum quality you will settle for.
Choose a clarity grade, color grade, and cut grade that looks good to the eye. It doesn’t have to be perfectly flawless or colorless; it just has to look good to you. Then, go for the biggest carat weight that fits your budget!