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Last revised: November 5, 2018
Medium Cuts and Colors: A Guide to Medium-Sized Memorial Diamonds
From the enormous Cullinan diamond to diamonds that are invisible to the naked eye, diamonds come in a wide array of sizes. So important is size that it is included as one of the 4Cs by which diamonds are graded (cut, color, clarity, and carat-weight), and is often the diamond characteristic with which people are most familiar. In fact, when you sport a stunning piece of diamond jewelry, it is likely that, despite its cut, color, or clarity, people will first ask you about its size.
Medium sized cremation diamonds are perfect for use in any type of jewelry: necklaces, pendants or earrings
The importance of diamond size can lead to many questions from diamond owners. Since diamonds come in so many different sizes, what makes a diamond an average size? How do you know if you have a medium-sized funeral diamond or something that is larger or smaller? And if you do have a cremation diamond in a medium size, what is the best way to have it cut in order to maximize its beauty?
To help answer these questions, here is a look at all things medium-sized memorial diamonds. From the definition of a medium diamond to a look at the best colors and cuts for this size diamond, this guide will help you to make the most of your average-sized diamond.
Carat-weight is the most common way to determine the size of a diamond. If you are basing your definition of a medium-sized memorial diamond on its carat-weight, the average sized diamond is between .5 and .75 carats.
The gold standard for measuring the size of the diamond is the carat. The term “carat” refers to the weight of the diamond. The word comes from the Arabic term for the carob bean, which was preferred as a standard of weight because every carob bean weighs almost exactly the same.
Often, a carat is believed to be an indicator of size. However, in reality, a carat is a measurement of weight equal to .2 grams. Thus, the larger the carat size of a diamond, the heavier it is. Carat is one of the 4C’s of diamond grading, along with cut, color, and clarity, and is, therefore, the most important indicator of the size of a diamond.
Some people believe that a one-carat diamond is the most common and, therefore, the average, diamond size. However, the reality is that a medium-sized diamond is actually one that weighs between .5 and .75 carats.
These size diamonds are the ones most frequently purchased for use in engagement rings and are also often more affordable for people, since price can increase significantly once a diamond reaches 1 carat and above (thanks both to demand and to the relative rarity of this size). While the price of these diamonds varies significantly based on their performance in the areas of cut, color, and clarity, the average diamond will run somewhere between $3,000 and $6,000.
The size of a diamond may also be measured by the width of its girdle. This outer edge of the diamond influences how suitable the diamond is for jewelry and reflects the quality of the cut the diamond was given.
Another way in which diamonds are commonly measured is by their girdle width. The girdle of a diamond is the widest part of the diamond. It sits between the top of the diamond (called the crown) and the bottom of the diamond (called the pavilion). It is measured in terms ranging from Extremely Thin to Extremely Thick.
The width of the girdle can affect the quality of the diamond. For example a very thin girdle is prone to chipping when set in jewelry, while a girdle of uneven thickness reflects a bad cut that can negatively impact the amount of light the diamond reflects, the placement of its facets, and so forth. An Extremely Thick girdle may add to the overall weight (and therefore price) of the diamond, and make the diamond look smaller, without adding any benefit as far as clarity, color, or cut.
When it comes to girdle width, a Thin to Medium diamond is best. This width will be safe for setting in jewelry and will give the diamond the best possible appearance.
Both diameter and cut can also influence how large or small your medium sized diamond appears.
Even diamonds of the same carat-weight are going to look different from each other based on certain factors. The two most important of these factors are (1 Their diameter and (2 Their cut.
Diameter refers to how long across the diamond is. In diamonds that are not round, the diameter is expressed as a ratio of the length by the width. This ratio determines how fat, or large, the diamond appears. For example, a 1-carat heart-shaped diamond could have a ratio of 6.5mm x 6.5mm or a ratio of 6.15mm x 6.80 mm. The second diamond will appear fatter than the first.
When it comes to cremation diamonds in medium size, the important thing to remember is that the right diameter is a matter of personal preference. You should choose the look that you prefer for your average diamond.
Cut refers to the shape of the diamond when it is formed from a rough diamond into a polished diamond ready for setting in jewelry. There are numerous cuts available from which to choose. The most common are the brilliant cut (round), cushion cut, asscher cut, emerald cut, princess cut, oval cut, marquise cut, pear cut, radiant cut (square) and heart cut.
Each of these cuts will affect the perceived size of a medium-sized diamond in different ways. Certain cuts can make your diamond look larger. The fancy cut diamonds tend to leave the largest amount of surface area on the diamond and, therefore, make your diamond look larger. For example, a medium-sized cushion cut diamond is going to look larger than a medium sized princess cut diamond or a medium-size brilliant cut diamond.
The cuts that maximize the perceived size of the diamond are as follows:
Other cuts will minimize the size of your medium diamond. For instance, a medium heart-shaped diamond will appear smaller than a medium-sized oval diamond. The cuts that minimize the perceived size of the diamond are as follows:
However, the look provided by the heart and brilliant cuts can counteract any desire to make your medium diamond look larger. Balancing the look and significance of a cut against the perceived size it provides your diamond is a decision you will need to make as you select the perfect memorial diamond for you.
Combining a medium diamond with a beautiful color can make it stand out in jewelry and help you to hide any imperfections within the gem.
The classic diamond is a white diamond. This beautiful, colorless gem is often touted as the ideal type of diamond. However, when you purchase a cremation diamond, you can choose from among five different colors: White, orange-yellow, yellow-green, blue, and red. Each of these colors can hide imperfections or create a more eye-catching look.
For example, a medium red diamond, a blue diamond, or an orange diamond might hide slight flaws that would otherwise be more visible in a medium brilliant cut in white, making your gem even more beautiful.
In addition, a colored diamond can make your gem stand out in whatever jewelry setting you use. For example, a medium brilliant cut diamond in red, or a medium brilliant cut diamond in blue will boast a richness and uniqueness that will catch the attention of everyone who looks at your jewelry.
When considering a medium memorial diamond, you have every reason to feel confident in the beauty of the gem you are about to buy. With the right girdle thickness, the right diameter, the right cut, and the right color, you can create a lasting and ideal memorial to your loved one.