0.60 Carat Diamond Ring – Insider Tips & Guide

hearts and arrows Vatche pave diamond engagement ring holding hands

I bought this stunning 0.60 carat diamond engagement ring for less than $4,000.

When it comes to buying a diamond engagement ring, the one carat mark is the most popular size that consumers are shopping for. But what if you are on a tighter budget and still want something that looks respectable in size?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this write up, I’m going to reveal the insider tips to buying a 0.60 carat diamond ring and the best places to shop for high quality craftsmanship.

In fact, I’m going to show you exactly how I bought a fantastic looking pave engagement ring with a budget of $4000 and how you can get yours without breaking the bank.

Let’s dive right in…

Pricing Guide: How Much is a 0.60 Carat Diamond?

When it comes to the cost of a 0.6ct diamond, prices will vary depending on a multitude of factors. If I were to give a ballpark figure on the price of a 0.6 carat diamond engagement ring (loose diamond + simple setting), you could expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 to $4000.

To give you a better idea of how prices can range between different specifications, check out the following chart.

0.60 price chart diamond comparison different specifications

0.60 carat diamond price chart from Blue Nile for round brilliant cut.

Now, one of the biggest misconception people have about diamonds is that the price of a diamond is directly proportionate to its carat size. Well, this isn’t entirely true because a diamond’s value is affected by many other variables such as color, clarity, cut, fluorescence and etc.

But let’s assume that all other factors are completely identical and I want you to make a guess. Do you think that a 0.60 carat F VS2 diamond graded by GIA would cost 60% the price of a 1 carat F VS2 diamond (i.e. prices increase linearly with size)?

If you guessed no, you are right! The price of a diamond actually increases exponentially with carat size instead of linearly! Just to give you some perspective of the disparity in value, here are 2 real life diamond examples and their costs.

0.60 carat loose f color vs2 clarity gia certified diamond cost less
one carat f vs2 round cut diamond price comparison

As you can see, the 0.60 carat diamond only cost roughly 25% the price of the 1 carat diamond and is significantly cheaper! So, if you are shopping on a tight budget, the best way to lower your costs would be to go down in carat size.

How Big Does a 0.60 Carat Diamond Ring Look?

Depending on the shape and cutting style of the diamond, the physical face up view of the diamond would differ. For round cut diamonds, a 0.60 carat ideal cut diamond would be roughly 5.4mm by 5.4mm in size.

Here’s how a 0.622 carat diamond would look like when worn on a US size 4.5 finger (fyi, it’s the ring I bought). In my opinion, I think the diamond ring provides good finger coverage without being overpowering.

vatche engagement ring size 4 finger how it looks like

For fancy shape diamonds with elongated outlines like pears, ovals or marquises, they would have larger face up sizes. I’ve also compiled a couple of other pictures to give you an idea of how 0.60ct marquise and oval shaped diamond rings would look like when worn on a size 4 finger.

oval vs marquise shaped diamond ring comparison size solitaire ring

For a convenient way to see how the different carat size diamonds look like in real life, you can download and print a free carat size reference chart here.

Practical Guidelines to Buying a 0.6 Carat Engagement Ring

The jewelry industry often markets diamonds with higher color and clarity as being “better” in quality to drive up demand for more expensive diamonds. If you had been shopping around for a diamond, you probably come across jewelers who claim that colorless (D-F) stones with higher clarity ratings (e.g. VVS or IF)  would sparkle more.

Well, the truth is far from that and this is just a marketing gimmick to get you to spend more or to dump whatever inventory they currently have in-store onto you. The fact is, with smaller sized diamonds ranging from 0.5ct – 1.00ct, inclusions and body color don’t show up easily to the naked eyes.

Watch the video comparison I made below and see if you can tell any obvious differences between the diamonds. And just so you know, the D diamond ring has a VVS1 clarity whereas the other rings have much lower clarity grades in the VS and SI ranges.

 

 

If you want to save money and don’t require a D/IF symbolic grading for your diamond, you can easily go down to G or H colors to get a diamond ring that looks icy white. Likewise, you can do the same for clarity grades as long as the diamond is eyeclean.

As for cut, it is an aspect that you should never compromise if you want a bright, lively looking diamond. You should always strive to buy a diamond with the best cut quality you can find.

And lastly, the grading report is an important document that provides you with material information on what you are buying. You need to understand that grading reports aren’t equal and I only recommend reliable labs like GIA or AGS only.

With all that said, here are my recommended guidelines when you are shopping for a 0.60ct diamond ring:

Clarity: SI1 or better (eyeclean is good enough)
Color: H or better (for the diamond to face up white)
Cut: Ideal / Excellent (review scope data for light performance)
Grading Report: Only GIA or AGS (for accurate and reliable grading)

James AllenBlue Nile and White Flash are reliable vendors we recommend to get high quality diamonds at competitive prices. Check them out for yourself today!

Shopping Tips For a 0.6 Carat Ring (And How to Make it Look Bigger)

From experience, most people who are shopping for a 0.6 carat ring often have a tight budget to work with. I also know a lot of people have a desire for a bigger looking diamond ring without blowing their budget.

But how can this be done realistically? Well, let me show you 2 ways in which you do achieve a larger looking diamond ring with the clever use of setting designs.

Tip #1 – Use a Halo Ring Design to Upsize Your 0.6ct Diamond

Halo diamond ring designs will give you more bang for your buck and feature a center diamond which is outlined by a row of tiny diamonds (melees). When the halo is crafted well and seen from a distance, it creates an illusion that the diamond is a lot larger than it really is.

Here’s a beautiful halo ring design I purchased from Blue Nile previously and you can check out the review I made of the ring here. I’ve also included a Youtube video below that you should watch to see the ring’s craftsmanship.

half carat halo engagement ring

Halo ring settings are the most cost-effective designs to create a large looking ring.

 

 

Tip #2 – Use a Thinner Shank Ring Design to Accentuate the Center Stone

With thinner or tapered shanks, the ring setting can help create a leading line towards the center diamond and accentuate the size of the center stone. For smaller sized diamonds, I recommend rings with shank thicknesses of 1.8mm – 2.2mm to create this effect.

vatche felicity tapered shank ring solitaire design

This petite Vatche ring is an elegant design which helps draws attention towards the diamond.

How I Bought a Beautiful 0.60ct Diamond Ring For Less Than $4,000

Recently, I bought an engagement from White Flash with a budget of four thousand dollars and the shopping experience was fantastic. Let me quickly share the shopping process with you on how I did it.

First of all, a pave ring design was selected out of 100s of available choices. Once the cost of the ring was set aside, the remaining budget was utilized for a super ideal cut diamond. After payment was made via wire transfer, the ring was completed and delivered securely via FedEx.

Here are the details of the ring setting and loose diamond:

0.60 carat g color vs2 clarity super ideal cut round diamond $2700

18k vatche felicity pave engagement ring setting 15 hundred


Besides superb customer support and risk-free sales policies, White Flash also captures glamor photos of your engagement ring after they are completed. This is a really nice gesture as it provides you with professionally taken photos for keepsake purposes or for sharing on your social media.

Check out the spectacular pictures of the ring I purchased below:

vatche felicity pave diamond engagement ring in 18k white gold 4000 dollars
pave engagement ring four thousand dollars brother help

The pictures were provided by White Flash at no additional charges!

For people who are curious to know how the Vatche diamond ring looks like in real life, you are in for a treat. I’ve recorded two videos that showcase the diamond’s sparkle and workmanship quality. So, make sure you watch them in full below!

   

   


   

   

In my opinion, the workmanship of the diamond ring is superb and the attention to details show up in the appearance of the ring. If you want to see indepth photographs of the ring details, read my full review of Vatche to find out more.

Summary: Let’s Wrap Things Up And Recap

brown couple holding hands pave diamond ring

I hope this write up has offered useful tips and guidance for you. As you can see, a great looking diamond ring doesn’t have to cost a bomb as long as you shop with practicality and tangible data.

Even though a 0.60 carat diamond ring may not sound like a big deal, it can certainly pack a punch if you choose your diamond wisely. The key to buying a diamond ring is to place your emphasis on cut quality and to shop at a reliable vendor.

To recap, you shouldn’t get too hung up on color or clarity grades as the differences between the ratings are subtle. As a shortcut to narrow down on your diamond choices, here are my recommended guidelines:

Clarity: SI1 or better (eyeclean is good enough)
Color: H or better (for the diamond to face up white)
Cut: Ideal / Excellent (review scope data for light performance)
Grading Report: Only GIA or AGS (for accurate and reliable grading)

Lastly, if you want a larger looking ring without the expensive costs, consider getting settings with petite shanks or halo designs.

Before you go, I want to hear from you: what are your preferences when buying a 0.6ct diamond? Would you need high color/clarity ratings or would you be fine with lower grades? What kind of ring designs are you specifically looking for?

Leave a comment below and let me know! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section below or drop me an email. I would be glad to help.

White Flash, James Allen and Blue Nile offer a massive inventory of loose diamonds for you to cherry pick from. On top of that, their intuitive video listings enable you to interact and scrutinize diamond details with ease.

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4 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Steven-
    April 21, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Hello Paul,

    Wow this was suppose to be a short message but I just felt like I had to tell you my story. sorry.

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done with providing great information to diamond consumers. I been searching for months for the perfect diamond for my girlfriend (not knowing anything about diamonds). Initially, I was very clueless although I researched about the 4 c’s. I feel like I have been taken advantage of by local jewelry stores because I could not tell one diamond from another. They all looked the same to me because I didn’t know what I was looking at.

    One jeweler was trying to sell me a 1.9k VS1 I Triple excellent diamond for 21,800. He said if I wanted a G color diamond that I would have to drop down to a 1.5k. He put the G and I color diamond (Face Up) and I could not tell the difference (maybe the lighting). I felt pressure to buy diamond because I didn’t know any better and he was such a good salesman and a really cool guy.

    Then look on James Allen to see if i could get a better deal. I almost bought a 1.8k G VS1 ring for nearly the same price (This was a better value). I still wasnt sure what I was doing until my friend Sang, who emailed you for advise, suggested I go to your website. Then I started learning more about super ideal cuts and the tools to evaluate light return/symmetry etc. Then I was fixed that Cut was king and that I would try to find the best cut diamond that has the most sparkly brilliant diamond for my GF.

    The salesman, who tried to sell me the 1.9k I colored diamond with poor proportion and angles, called me back and asked if I was going to buy the diamond from them. I told him to hold off because I wanted to find a super ideal cut diamond (I was feeling really bad). He said he doesnt know what that means and went on and on about the diamond he was trying to sell me. I then notice you mentioning whiteflash as a great place to buy super ideal cut diamonds. I wanted to order a super ideal cut diamond online from whiteflash to see these diamonds in action.

    After browsing their website, it turns out that they have a store 10 MINUTES FROM WHERE I LIVE. It was like fate. I went to their store and looked at their diamonds (told them that I was referred by your website). They were very nice but I could not tell the difference between 3 super ideal cut diamond (I should of asked to compare to a triple excellent cut that was not apart of their A Cut Above Line to compare). Anyways, I’m pretty much sold on buying a diamond from them because I am very exhausted with diamond shopping.

    The Jeweler who tried to sell me the 1.9k I color diamond told me to bring the diamond from whiteflash to compare (I only care because I was planning for him to make my setting). I’M SCARED I wont be able tell the difference between the diamonds even though the science says that the super ideal diamond should have more brilliant/ fire / scintillation. At this point I’m exhausted.

    I wanted your opinion on a diamond I have my eye on. I am about to buy it but I felt that since I’ve spent countless hours reading your material that I should just send you an email to get your opinion. Maybe it’s just for my reassurance since I felt that I been taken advantage of during the early phase of my diamond hunting journey and feel some sort of way.

    I’m looking for G color 1.8kish (or bigger) eye clean diamond with the best brilliance, fire, and scintillation. I have this diamond on reserved and wanted to know what you think. my budget is 23-24 ish. Thanks Paul

    Diamond | 1.863 ct G VS2 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Super Ideal Round Cut Loose Diamond AGS Certified

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    Paul Gian-
    April 23, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Jewelers can be pushy like that. It’s very common and there’s really no need for you to entertain him. I believe you will be able to find a high quality setting at WhiteFlash that’s similar to what you can find from the other jeweler.

    Actually, it’s going to be very obvious when you place a well cut diamond side by side to another diamond that isn’t well cut. It doesn’t take a trained eye to pick out differences.

    I’ve reviewed the diamond here: http://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-3802922.htm and I can tell you that this is as good as a round diamond can ever be cut to.

    All the tangible cut data points to that as well.

    My recommendation is to get the diamond from the vendor where you get the setting as well. This reduces hassle, stress and ENSURES one jeweler is completely responsible for the ring. Stick with White Flash. They are an exemplary vendor.

    https://beyond4cs.com/reviews/whiteflash/a-cut-above/

    Paul

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    Steven-
    April 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks Paul. Your words mean a lot. Do you think I can get a better value for this type of diamond else where or even on whiteflash? I checked James Allen and they didn’t any well cut diamonds past 1.67k and Brian Gavin was a tad more pricey.

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    Paul Gian-
    April 24, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    The cut quality of James Allen diamonds aren’t on par with White Flash and Brian Gavin.

    Brian Gavin is a tad more expensive than White Flash because of branding purposes. FYI, Brian Gavin started White Flash prior to leaving and started his own company.

    Stick with White Flash. For super ideal cut diamonds, White Flash offers some of the best pricing and selections.

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