Best 5-Carat Diamond Engagement Rings (A 2023 Buying Guide)
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When it comes to choosing an engagement ring, few options can rival the grandeur of a 5-carat diamond. The allure of these captivating gems lies not only in their beauty but also in the symbolism they hold. Choosing a 5-carat engagement ring is a statement of profound love, commitment, and an acknowledgment of the journey that lies ahead. A 5-carat diamond ring can also be viewed as an asset, becoming a cherished family heirloom passed down for generations, carrying with it the story of your love.
Whether it’s purchased as a statement piece or a future heirloom, we’re addressing the essential factors to take note of when deciding which 5-carat diamond engagement ring to purchase.
When it comes to diamonds, there’s no such thing as ‘too big.’ There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, as one’s ideal size and carat weight boils down to preference as well as finger size. In general, a 5-carat diamond is considered quite substantial and eye-catching. It’s larger than the average diamond used in engagement rings, which typically falls in the 1 to 3-carat range.
Some individuals may value a larger stone for its visual impact, while others may prioritize a smaller, more understated stone for everyday wear. Ultimately, the decision on the size of the diamond should reflect the preferences and lifestyle of the person who will be wearing it.
The cost can vary widely based on several factors, including cut, color, clarity, and overall quality. For a 5-carat diamond, the cut is crucial because it affects how light is distributed within the stone. Conversely, a poorly cut diamond might appear dull, even if it has a high carat weight.
In general, most people want their 5-carat diamond to be as transparent as possible. The GIA consistently grades a diamond’s color on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (noticeable color), with higher color grades indicating a more colorless diamond. In larger diamonds like a 5-carat stone, color becomes even more critical because the larger size can make any color tints more apparent. At Jean Dousset we only work with lab diamonds that have a color of H or better.
Clarity refers to the presence of internal and external imperfections within a diamond. Larger stones, like a 5-carat diamond engagement ring, can reveal inclusions more prominently due to their size. However, it's important to note that some inclusions might not be noticeable without magnification and might not affect the diamond's overall appearance. A higher clarity grade can increase the diamond's price, but the impact of clarity on price can be balanced against the other Cs.
Not all diamonds are cut or created equally. That’s why Jean Dousset hand-selects only the top 1% of the world’s finest lab diamonds, offering only colorless or nearly colorless lab diamonds to select from when creating your engagement ring.
The 4Cs aside, the price will also vary greatly from mined diamonds to lab-grown diamonds. A mined diamond can range anywhere from $50k to $500k for a 5-carat diamond engagement ring of good quality. Thanks to advancements in technology, a lab-grown diamond of the same carat weight and quality can range between $22k to $75k.
For assistance with selecting the best 5-carat lab diamond for your engagement ring, our diamond experts are here to personally guide you through this process.
The best shape for a 5-carat diamond is ultimately a matter of personal preference, as each shape has its own beauty and visual appeal. For those who prioritize brilliance: round, oval, and cushion cuts tend to be popular choices, as they offer excellent light performance.
Those who prefer a shape that helps create the illusion of a longer finger should look to diamond shapes with elongated proportions, such as oval, emerald, elongated cushions, pear, radiant, and marquise.
It’s important to note that the overall appearance of the diamond on the finger is influenced by the setting style as well. Choosing a setting that complements the diamond shape and finger length can further enhance the desired look. We recommend trying on different diamond shapes and settings to see what best suits your hand and personal style.
Bigger diamonds reign supreme with Gwen. Graduated lab diamonds along the band lead eyes to the 5.13 carats round brilliant cut lab diamond center stone on this ring, creating a tapered look from big to bigger. This solitaire engagement ring, that is available now, is complete with a hidden halo for maximum brilliance.
Exceptionally crafted, Elle’s see-through design uniquely displays its 5.13 carats cushion cut lab diamond center stone on this in-stock 5-carat diamond engagement ring. Set on a high-polish double band design, this solitaire setting offers incredible views of its center stone from every angle.
Designed in 2010, Chelsea remains one of our best-selling designs to date. This timeless 5-carat engagement ring features an emerald cut lab diamond, set on a high-polish band. Its cathedral setting gives the illusion of a floating diamond, elegantly showcasing your emerald stone.
Securely held in an exclusive double-prong setting, this Elle three stone 5-carat engagement ring boasts a pear-cut lab diamond center stone, with precision-cut pear side stones that complement the center. Set on a high-polish double band design, this three stone ring offers excellent finger coverage for maximum impact.