Ideal Cut Diamonds in the 1.40 – 1.49 carat category tend to be extremely rare because the price increase that occurs between the 1.49 – 1.50 carats marks, creates an incentive for the diamond cutter to cut a less than perfect diamond, in order to keep the carat weight above 1.50 carats, where he will yield more profit by maximizing the yield from the piece of diamond rough. It is even rarer to find hearts and arrows ideal cut diamonds weighing between 1.40 – 1.49 carats, because cutting diamonds to the higher degree of optical precision required to create patterns of hearts and arrows requires an even greater loss of diamond rough, and can take up to four times longer to produce! Imagine my surprise when I conducted a search on behalf of a client today and found 12 options, eleven of which remain available for purchase if you’re so inclined. This is like winning a contest that you didn’t even enter to win!
There really isn’t a need to review each of these diamonds individually because each of them represents the best of the best, the combination of center range proportions, the overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 as determined on the Light Performance grading platform, and the fact that each of them exhibits a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows, puts them in the category of the Top 0.001% of the annual production for round brilliant cut diamonds!
The reality is that each of these diamonds is going to exhibit the highest volume of light return, a virtual balance of brilliance (white sparkle) and dispersion (colored sparkle) and in the form of “broad spectrum sparkle” which is larger in size, and bolder, brighter, and more vivid, than what the average ideal cut diamond offers. The decision to purchase one diamond from the list over another, pretty much just comes down to the combination of carat weight, color, and clarity:
So now you’ve got eleven exceptional options representing the best of the best round brilliant ideal cut diamonds produced within the 1.40 – 1.49 carat range, each of which offers substantial savings over the cost of a comparable 1.50 carat diamond, which would cost substantially more due to the price increase that occurs between the 1.49 – 1.50 carat marks.
I haven’t reviewed each diamond individually in this article, however I did look over the diamond details provided on the diamond grading report, and the reflector scope images provided by each vendor, and all of these diamonds meet my selection criteria 100% and would be diamonds that I would have purchased for inventory when I was actively buying diamonds to fill the Nice Ice inventory. If you decide to purchase one of these diamonds, please tell the vendor that you heard about them from Todd of Nice Ice, and feel free to take advantage of my free Diamond Concierge Service if you have specific questions about any of them, or would like me to conduct a search on your behalf. But do not wait to reserve any of these diamonds if you have questions, they are likely to sell fast… Instead, put the diamond on reserve, and then ask me whatever is on your mind.
Todd Gray is a professional diamond buyer with 30+ years of trade experience. He loves to teach people how to buy diamonds that exhibit incredible light performance! In addition to writing for Nice Ice, Todd "ghost writes" blogs and educational content for other diamond sites. When Todd isn't chained to a desk, or consulting for the trade, he enjoys Freediving! (that's like scuba diving, but without air tanks)
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