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|L×W×D:||9.37 × 9.37 × 5.65 mm|
|Depth:||60.3% → OK|
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This diamond LOOKS its weight!
This 3 carat Round has a face-up area of approx. 68.96 mm², which falls within the normal range for 3ct Rounds. A face-up area is the area of the girdle plane and tells you how big the stone looks when viewed from the top (as set in a ring). Face-up size of this diamond is as you would expect of a 3ct Round → learn more
Actual Diamond Size
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Ring width: 3.0mm
Ring diameter: 16.9mm
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Buying Guide: Round cut
Round brilliants are very good at masking inclusions and color, which means you can go quite low in terms of clarity and color grades without sacrificing the appearence. Cut, on the other hand, which determines the fire and brilliance should always be of the highest possible grade (Excellent for GIA or Ideal for AGS).
What's the price of a 3 carat diamond?
It depends. The value of a diamond is determined by a combination of its unique characteristics - the famous 4Cs (Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat). It can get complicated, but you can quickly check the price range for Round diamonds of around 3 carats by clicking here »
The search results will show you diamonds from 2.9 to 3.1 carats with all the recommended parameters already preselected in order to give you the best value.
Best Value For Money Recommendation
For 3 carat Round:
- J if platinum/white gold solitaire setting
- K if yellow gold solitaire setting
- Excellent or Ideal cut
- SI2 clarity
- At least Good polish/symmetry
- GIA or AGS report
- If possible, "buy shy" [explain]
For best deals on 3ct Round check the recommended online stores (all provide actual diamond images):
James Allen → huge selection, price match guarantee, highly recommended
Whiteflash → big inventory of Super Ideal cuts
Brian Gavin → Signature Hearts & Arrows, Blue line
- Color: J or higher [depends on a setting]
- Clarity: SI or better [explain]
- Cut: Excellent (GIA) or Ideal (AGS)
- Cut parameters:
- Depth: 58% - 62.5%
- Table: 53% - 58%
- Polish/Symmetry: Good or better
- Length-to-width ratio: 1.00 - 1.02
- Diamonds certified by GIA or AGS [explain]
Watch out for:
- Inclusions visible to the naked eye
- Extremely thin or extremely thick girdle
- Fair or Poor symmetry
- Strong blue fluorescence [explain]
- Diamonds without GIA or AGS certification [explain]
Where to buy?
Online-only stores will always offer better prices compared to bricks & mortar stores, their main drawback, however, is that you rarely get the opportunity to visually inspect the diamond before purchasing. Luckily, this is not always the case. A few reputable online retailers (see above) are now providing actual Hi-Res photos of the diamonds they're selling, making it easy and safe to shop online. For best value, buy online.
Note: Seeing a high quality photo of the actual diamond before purchasing online is a must.
Additional Diamond Info
Round Brilliant is the ultimate classic and the most popular of all diamond shapes. It is designed to produce maximum fire, brilliance, and scintillation (sparkle). It has evolved over several hundred years and is the most researched and scientifically analyzed cut in the industry. Simple, timeless, and beautiful.
General size appearance:
Round Brilliants typically look larger when viewed from the top compared to Princesses, Emeralds, Asschers, Radiants, and Cushions.
|Also known as:||Round Brilliant|
|Facets:||58 (57 if no culet)|
|Signature shape characteristics:||Circular outline, most brilliant of all diamond cuts|
|Carat weight:||3 ct|
|Gram weight:||0.6 g (0.0212 ounces)|
|Measurements (L/W/D):||9.37 x 9.37 x 5.65 mm|
|Average diameter:||9.37 mm|
|Recommended depth percentage:||58 - 62.5%|
|Typical length-to-width ratio:||between 1.00 and 1.02|
|Face-up area:||68.96 mm²|
|Face-up area per carat:||22.99 mm²/ct|
|Face-up size:||Normal for 3 carat Round|
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Depth percentage for 3 carat Round (9.37×9.37×5.65mm)
Depth percentage of Round cut is the ratio of the total depth (measured from table to culet) to its average diameter. The total depth percentage of this diamond is 60.3%, which isOK
Depth percentage for rounds is calculated with the following formula:
Depth % = (total depth ÷ average diameter) × 100
3 carat Round (9.37×9.37×5.65mm) depth %:
Total depth: 5.65 mm
Average diameter = (9.37 + 9.37) ÷ 2 = 9.37 mm
Depth % = (5.65 ÷ 9.37 ) × 100 = 60.3%
About Depth Percentage
Depth percentage is one of the most important measurements as it plays a critical role in diamond's brilliance and appearance. If a diamond is cut too deep or too shallow, light leaks out, making the stone less brilliant and fiery. Deep cuts also add hidden weight.
Recommended depth percentage range for Round cuts is between 58% and 62.5%. Diamonds that fall out of this range are generally less desirable and usually best to be avoided.
Face-up size evaluation for 3 carat Round (9.37×9.37×5.65mm)
The face-up size of this 3 carat Round (9.37×9.37×5.65mm) is within the normal range for 3ct diamonds of this shape. Compared to 3ct Round reference diamond (see below), this diamond is of adequate size when viewed from the top. In short, all is OK, this diamond looks its weight.
The importance of face-up size
Diamonds are sold by weight (carats), but it's important to understand that weight doesn't equally translate into physical size, especially spread. Two diamonds of the same carat weight can vary greatly in spread, meaning that one diamond can appear larger than the other, even though they weight exactly the same.
Proper face-up size should play an important role when buying a diamond. When a diamond is set in a ring, your eyes will only see the face-up area, so you should make sure it's of adequate size. Adequate size also indicates a good cut, meaning better light performance. Would you want a poorly cut 3 carat diamond that is less sparkly and has the same face-up size as an ideal cut 2.7 carat? Probably not.
The bottom line:A diamond must look its weight. This one does. Thumbs up.
3 carat Round reference diamond
3ct Round reference diamond is calculated from the following ideal proportions:
Note: Round diamonds with face-up area of within 5% lower and 3% higher than reference Round diamond area are considered to be of adequate face-up size.
To learn more about diamond size evaluation, click here.
Face-up Area For Rounds
Face-up area is a measure of the size of the diamond when viewed from above. It tells you how big the diamond is at the girdle plane. It's important for a diamond to have sufficient face-up size for its carat weight.
For more info see carat weight vs face-up size
Face-up Area per Carat
Face-up area per carat is calculated by dividing face-up area of the diamond with its carat weight. It tells you how many square millimeters of the top surface area a diamond is showing or would show for 1 carat weight. This can be useful when comparing stones of similar weights as it tells you how much spread per carat you will get.
Note: Face-up size does not linearly grow with carat weight, which means the heavier the stone, the smaller its face-up area per carat (e.g., 1ct stone will have higher face-up area per carat than 2ct stone).
Face-up area per carat for 3ct Round (9.37×9.37×5.65mm):
Top surface area = 68.96 mm²
Weight = 3ct
Face-up area per carat = 68.96 ÷ 3 = 22.99mm²/ct
Color Recommendation For 3ct Round
Round Brilliants don't show color as much as other cuts, so you can go quite a few steps down on the color scale without noticing any difference. The choice of color also depends on a setting:
|Solitaire||Small side-stones||Substantial side-stones|
|White gold/Platinum||J+||I+||same as side-stones+|
|Yellow gold||K+||J+||same as side-stones+|
|e.g. pave setting||e.g. three-stone setting|
If side-stones are of any significant size (like in three-stone settings), you should at least match the color of the center stone with the color of the side stones, otherwise the center stone might look out of place (a bit "off-white").
For best value, go with the minimum recommended color for a particular type of setting. Color variations between J graded and higher colored Round cuts are so slight that it's almost impossible totell the difference, especially when diamonds are mounted.The difference in price, however, can be quite considerable.
Clarity Recommendation For 3ct Round
Round Brilliants are great at masking inclusions, so you can go relatively low on clarity scale without sacrificing the appearance, as long as the diamond is eye-clean. SI1 or SI2 clarity offers great value for money.
Note: You can always go lower in clarity, but it's going to get increasingly difficult to find an eye-clean Round below the minimum recommended SI2 grade.
For best value, go with the lowest clarity possible that is still eye-clean. If a diamond is eye-clean, it doesn't matter, if it's flawless or SI2. It will look the same, provided all other characteristics are the same.
About Diamond Clarity
Diamond clarity refers to the presence and visual appearance of the flaws inside a diamond (called inclusions) or on its surface (called blemishes). Clarity tells you to what degree these imperfections are present.
The amount of inclusions and blemishes is directly correlated to a diamond's value. Fewer imperfections mean higher price and vice versa.
Gemological laboratories grade diamond clarity as Flawless (FL), Internally Flawless (IF), Very Very Slightly Included (VVS1,VVS2), Very Slightly Included (VS1,VS2), Slightly Included (SI1,SI2), and Included (I1,I2,I3).
GIA and AGS Certified Diamonds
Professional and unbiased assessment of diamond characteristics is stated on a diamond grading report, commonly referred to as a certificate. Certificate, while not 100% reliable, is essential in determining a diamond's value.
The standard for diamond grading is pretty much set by GIA - Gemological Institute of America. They are the most reputable and consistent lab in the industry. AGS (American Gemological Society) is not far behind.
If a diamond is not certified by GIA or AGS, you can be pretty much certain that you are looking at lesser quality than indicated. This puts you in a bad position of not knowing the true diamond characteristics,which almost always results in overpaying.That is why a certificate from a well-respected grading lab is so important.
Make sure to always buy a diamond certified by either GIA or AGS. That's the only way of truly getting the quality you expect.
Diamonds with Blue Fluorescence
Blue fluorescence can have a positive, negative, or zero effect on a diamond. Diamonds in thelower color range (H or lower) can benefit from it, as it can make them look whiter, more colorless. On the other hand, strong fluorescence can cause a stone (especially in the higher color range D-G) to appear hazy or milky under certain light conditions. One of the biggest benefits of fluorescent diamonds is that they generally cost less.
GIA grades fluorescence as None, Faint, Medium, Strong, and Very Strong.
Faint fluorescence will have zero effect on color and overall appearance. Fluorescence of this type is not an issue and shouldn't be a purchasing factor.
Medium fluorescence will in most cases have zero to very small influence on color and overall appearance, however, colorless diamonds can sometimesexhibit negative effects and should be examined in different light conditions before purchasing.
Strong/Very Strong fluorescence requires caution. Generally, it's not a good idea to buy a colorless diamond with Strong/Very Strong fluorescence. As for lower color diamonds, even they can sometimes look hazy with strong fluorescence, so never buy a stone with this type of fluorescence without careful visual inspection.
If you're interested in fluorescent diamonds that have been carefully examined and do not display any negative effects of fluorescence, I recommend Brian Gavin's Blue Diamonds. Those are definitely top of the line and a great value.
Diamonds Without GIA or AGS Certificates
The problem with diamond grading labs other than GIA or AGS is that they are looserand more inconsistent in their grading standards. A GIA color H is an IGI color G and an EGL/HRD color F. The same goes for clarity.
While it's true that IGI, EGL, and HRD diamonds are sold at a discount, you can be certain that the same stones would cost less, if they would be certified by GIA or AGS. Why? Because they would get lower grades and thus lower price. Lower than discounted IGI, EGL, and HRD stones with higher grades.
Diamond merchants use IGI, EGL, HRD, and alike to maximize their profits. They know they can sell diamonds with inflated grades for more, even if they're sold at a substantial discounts. Some merchants also use their in-house certification, usually for the sole purpose of increasing their profits. These kinds of certificates are meaningless.
If you don't want to overpay and want to know exactly what kind of quality you're getting, then avoid diamonds without GIA or AGS certification.
Buying shy means choosing a diamond that falls just under the full-carat or half-carat mark. So instead of 1ct stone you go for 0.95ct; instead of 1.5ct you go for 1.4ct, and so on.
Because diamond prices jump dramatically at full-carat and half-carat weights, you can save a considerable amount of money when buying shy. Going up to 10% down in weight will result in a slight difference in size, but so slight it'll barely be noticed, if at all. To check this for yourself, use this site to compare different sizes.
Can you tell the size difference between 2.9 vs 3 carat diamond? Probably not, it's only 2%.
What about 2.8 vs 3 carats?
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