Engagement, How to buy a diamond

All About 2 Carat Diamond Rings

by Haley Anhut
Posted April 11, 2020

Last updated on January 25, 2022

While difficult to find brick-and-mortar stores, 2-carat diamonds are seeing a surge in popularity thanks to the prevalence of online shopping.

In fact, 2-carat diamond rings are currently some of the most popular engagement ring options for the modern couple. This is likely because while this diamond is double the carat weight of a 1-carat diamond, it appears much larger. Additionally, the 2-carat diamond’s lower availability means it’s much more valuable than even its carat weight would suggest. 

Just be warned: Not all 2-carat diamond rings live up to the hype. You’ll find a range of styles, shapes, and qualities as you shop for a 2-carat diamond; and it’s worth noting that a higher price may not necessarily mean a better stone. 

Diamond Size vs. Diamond Carat

When it comes to diamonds, it’s not uncommon for people to confuse carat with size. While a higher carat diamond will generally appear larger than a lower carat diamond, the reality is that carats are a measurement of weight, not size. Size refers to a diamond’s appearance — specifically, how large it looks.

Diamond size refers to factors such as the table surface area, which is the visible ‘top’ of the diamond as it sits in a ring. As such, certain diamond shapes will naturally appear larger or smaller than other shapes of the same carat. 

Alternatively, a diamond’s carat is a specific measurement of weight.

The term “carat” was coined in 1907 at the General Conference on Weights and Measures. A diamond’s carat refers to the weight of the diamond. A single carat is 200 milligrams and is subdivided into 100 ‘points.’ This allows the diamond experts to measure the diamond to the one hundredth decimal place. This allows them to make precise measurements, and determine a definite price.

What’s Special About 2-Carat Diamond Rings?

A 2-carat diamond weighs 400 milligrams or 0.4 grams. To put this into perspective, a 2-carat diamond weighs about as much as a half of a raisin. That may sound small, but in diamond terms, 0.4 grams is considered fairly large. 

2-carat diamonds are flashy, eye-catching, and valuable. They tend to have a much larger appearance (depending on the shape) than their carat weight would suggest. And, because they are large, to begin with, you probably won’t ever feel like you have to upgrade to something bigger. 2-carat diamonds are available in many shapes and can be made to fit tons of settings. 

2 Carat Diamond Clarity Rating

Diamonds are traditionally graded according to the 4 C’s. Cut, color, clarity, and carat are the key factors used to determine the overall quality (and price) of a diamond. Diamonds that are higher quality in some areas but much lower quality in others (such as a diamond with a high-quality cut but has a yellowing color), will be of lower value than a diamond that scores well throughout.

When shopping for a 2-carat diamond, you should pay special attention to the diamond’s clarity. 

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has created a scale for measuring diamond clarity. Internally flawless (IF) diamonds are considered the highest quality. These are followed — listed here in order from higher quality to lowest quality — by diamonds with very very small inclusions 1 (VVS1), then very very small inclusions 2 (VVS2), very small inclusions 1 (VS1), very small inclusions 2 (VS2), small inclusions 1 (SI1), small inclusions 2 (SI2), and then finally inclusions 1 (I1), and inclusions 2 (I2). 

Given the larger table of the 2-carat diamond, any inclusions or surface defects will be highly visible. That said, don’t feel as though you need to limit your search only to IF-grade diamonds. If you can find a 2-carat diamond that looks clean and clear to the naked eye — even if it’s further down the scale — then you may be able to find a stone that not only looks great, but that also costs less. 

How Much is a 2-Karat Diamond Ring?

Many people assume that if a 1-carat diamond ring costs $4,000, the same ring, but with a 2-carat diamond should cost $8,000. But that is far from the truth.

2-carat diamonds of good quality are rare. This means that a high-quality 2-carat diamond ring’s price will likely be significantly more than double that of a high-quality 1-carat diamond ring. If you’re in the market for a good-quality 2 carat mined diamond ring, you should expect to pay $20,000 or more.

As an alternative, many diamond buyers choose lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are physically and chemically identical to mined diamonds; they are diamonds, in every sense of the word.

The only differences between lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds are that lab-grown diamonds are grown in controlled lab conditions, and they cost significantly less than traditional diamonds. At Clean Origin, we offer 2-carat diamond rings for $7,000 to $10,000 — all with exceptional cut, color, and clarity. 

Our Recommendations when Shopping for a 2-Carat Diamond Ring

When shopping for a 2-carat diamond ring, it’s not enough to simply know how large you want the diamond to be, or even what shape you prefer. Here are some of our top recommendations we suggest you take into account before you make a purchase:

Don’t settle for a low-quality cut

To get the most out of your 2-carat diamond you shouldn’t settle for a less than excellent cut. The diamond’s cut will most directly impact its brilliance and fire, and with the larger table of the 2-carat diamond, brilliance and fire are going to be very noticeable.

Keep an eye on the color

Most diamonds are considered higher quality when they have less natural color. That said, there’s only a subtle difference between completely colorless and nearly colorless. We suggest that you shop for a diamond that falls between G and I on the GIA color scale — the diamond will appear colorless, and you won’t be paying for more than you need to.

At the same time, be aware that the metal of the engagement ring may also affect how the color of the diamond appears. Be sure to closely inspect the color of the diamond in your ring before you commit.

Consider a lab-grown diamond

As addressed above, lab-created diamonds are identical to mined diamonds in every respect, aside from their origin and their price. These diamonds are ethical and environmentally friendly, without the various negative issues associated with mined diamonds. And they cost a lot less.

Choosing a lab-grown diamond will allow you to get a higher quality stone for your budget. Because we only offer man-made stones, we can keep the prices low without cutting into quality.

Talk with an expert

Choosing a diamond is a personal journey, but that’s not to say that you shouldn’t bring along a guide. Our diamond experts are available to help you find the perfect diamond. Contact us today, and let us help you find the 2-carat diamond of your dreams.