10 Carat Radiant Cut Diamond Ring
Ultimate Guide To Buying A Ten Carat Radiant Diamond
10 carat radiant cut diamonds are a beautiful choice – they sparkle incredibly well, which means that your ring will catch eyes from across any room!
Radiant cuts are one of the most popular shapes for a 10 carat engagement ring, which means that there is a good supply of stones available and you should be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
It also means that finding the best 10 carat radiant cut diamond can mean reviewing and rejecting sub-par stones. That’s where this page will help.
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There are many factors that affect price and value of a 10 carat radiant cut diamond – some obvious, some less so. Two stones that appear similar on paper may look surprisingly different in reality and be valued very differently.
Due to the high cost of these diamonds and the variation in size, shape and beauty that can be present in two diamonds with the same carat weight, we strongly recommend that you work with a specialist in significantly-sized diamonds, who can guide you through the process and ensure you get the most beautiful diamond and pay a fair price.
Our recommendation for this is Alon at The Diamond Oak, a third generation diamond dealer who puts a huge emphasis on personalised service and finding the right stone for each person.
Why working with a diamond specialist makes sense for such a significant investment
While smaller diamonds may be virtually interchangeable, at this carat weight there can be a significant different between two diamonds that look similar on paper.
Their specs may be similar but they are worth very different values.
A diamond specialist will take the time to understand what you are looking for, present several options (often sourced through personal connections and otherwise inaccessible) and guide you towards the diamond which is the absolute best fit for you.
10 carat radiant cut diamond price
As a broad range, the cost of a 10 radiant cut diamond (from those available at the time we were researching) can vary from $108,000 to $389,000.
To understand how much a 10 carat radiant cut diamond costs, we conducted research across three online diamond aggregation services which collectively have over 1,000,000 diamonds available to choose from, and then checked this against the most widely-accepted list of wholesale diamond prices.
It should be noted that VS2 clarity was the highest clarity we could find across any of these retailers when we were researching. It’s likely that a 10 carat radiant cut diamond with FL or IF clarity would be priced around $800,000, if you were able to find one.
But even $108,000 to $389,000 is a significant range, and the price you will pay will depend on the color, clarity and the ‘make’ if the stone ie. how well the diamond has been shaped.
With diamonds, you generally get what you pay for, so ‘cheap’ 10 carat radiant cut diamonds will likely have a low-price for a reason – this may be significant inclusions (or ‘flaws’), or it may have poor proportions to reflect light and therefore not sparkle well.
But, when buying a diamond, there is always a balance that needs to be found between the 4Cs and the fifth C – cost. Where that balance lies for you is an individual choice, so it can be worth looking at a few options to where you are comfortable compromising, and where you aren’t.
How much do 10 carat radiant cut diamonds cost?
The table below will give you an idea of how color and clarity affect a 10 carat radiant cut diamond’s price:
If a price doesn’t appear, it means that no diamonds at that spec were available at the time this article was written.
It’s important to recognise that at this carat weight, there can be considerable differences between individual stones with similar specs on paper, so these are very much just a guide.
Factors such as availability at the time you are looking, and then specific of the individual diamond (e.g. the cut quality) will affect the price of any individual stone. However, the prices quoted should be a good guide to understand the relative pricing of different combinations of color and clarity for 10 carat radiant cut diamonds.
10 carat radiant cut diamond size
Radiant cut diamonds deliver the least ‘spread’ shapes of any diamond, which means that for a given carat weight, they appear smaller than many other shapes.
A typical A typical 10 carat radiant cut diamond may be around 12.45mm × 12.45mm × 7.97mm.
Here’s how it looks compared to a 9 carat and a 11 carat:
One important thing to understand when you are looking at 10 carat radiant cut diamonds is that carat weight is a measure of weight rather than size.
Carat weight is therefore spread out throughout the volume of the stone ie. length, width and depth.
Depending on the shape of the radiant cut, there can therefore be a significant difference in how large the diamond looks, even at the same carat weight.
This can be most noticeable when comparing square radiant cuts to more rectangular ones. A square radiant cut can ‘face up’ at a similar size to other square shapes like an asscher cut 10 carat diamond ring or a princess cut 10 carat diamond ring.
A rectangular radiant cut will often look larger than a square as they tend to be longer and narrower, and the often compare favourably to a cushion cut 10 carat diamond ring.
10 carat radiant diamond color
As you likely know, diamond color is graded on a GIA-developed scale from D to Z, although most diamonds used in jewelry fall into the D to M range:
Higher carat weight diamonds tend to show up color more easily than smaller stones, especially in the corners where they sparkle less.
If you want to ensure your diamond doesn’t have a yellow tint, it’s important to try and keep the color as high up the scale as possible.
On the other side of the equation is the effect color has on price.
In most shapes, the price difference between an H color, I color and J color diamond can be significant,
With a 10 carat princess cut diamond, the color grade you choose can be dependant on the color of the ring setting you are going to pair the diamond with. If you are choosing a white colored setting (platinum or white gold), then I color delivers a good balance of white appearance and value.
However, if you are choosing a yellow gold setting, then you can reduce the color of your diamond to K without it looking yellow, as it will still look white compared to the warm tones of the setting.
10 carat radiant cut diamond clarity
Clarity is a measure of the presence of inclusions (or flaws) within a diamond.
The clarity scale runs:
Radiant cut diamonds are a ‘brilliant’ cut diamonds, which means that they are optimised to reflect light back from the bottom of the stone in the form of sparkle. This can mean that inclusions can be difficult to see under the facets, which is a good thing!
A good starting point for 10 carat radiant cut diamond clarity is SI1:
However, depending on the diamonds that are available at the time you are looking, you may need to increase this to VS2, or even higher, to ensure that the diamond is ‘eye clean’ and no flaws can be seen.
Pictures of 10 carat radiant cut diamond rings on the hand
Higher carat weight rings mean that additional considerations can be needed to be taken into account, depending on the ring setting style chosen.
These images of 10 carat radiant cut diamond rings on the finger will show you how big your ring could actually look.
10 carat radiant cut diamond solitaire ring
Solitaire settings are a great match for radiant cut diamonds – the simple style is a great pairing with the elegance of the diamond.
A major trend with settings is super slim and petite bands and prongs, which are effective in making the stone itself look larger.
While these can look great, some care does need to be taken with higher carat weights, as an extremely narrow band may not be wide enough to support the stone. It may twist on the finger and become uncomfortable.
If you’re choosing a solitaire setting to match a diamond solitaire ring, I recommend you choose a band of at least 2.5mm width.
10 carat radiant cut diamond pavé ring
When choosing a pavé or channel setting, there is a big decision to make.
Either can be a great option, but one thing to consider is the color of the side stones.
Small, brilliant cut stones can appear whiter than larger diamonds, which means that even if you do match the color by the color grade, they still may appear whiter.
In cases like these, especially if you are going a little lower on the color on your center stone, like in the image above, it can be a good idea to work with an expert to ensure that the side stones complement the center stone.
10 carat radiant cut diamond halo settings
At 10 carats, some may feel that a halo is unnecessary to increase the size and impressiveness of the ring.
However, if you do choose a halo ensuring the side stones are a good match for the center stone is essential, due to their proximity.
Even more so than with a pave or channel setting, working with someone who can color-match the side stones to the center stone is the best way to ensure that they complement each other well.
10 carat radiant cut diamond three stone ring
Three stone [shape] rings look great when paired with almost any other shape as the side stones.
Tapered side stones can work particularly well because the side stones make the transition from the long broad side of the diamond to the narrow band more gentle and more elegant.
Best Place To Buy a 10 Carat Radiant Cut Diamond Ring
For smaller carat weights, my recommended retailers is frequently James Allen, which offers a huge selection of stones and can be a good option if you are confident in making a decision yourself.
However, they don’t offer diamonds at this carat weight, so my strong recommendation is to find a reputable diamond dealer who can assist you with sourcing your diamond. My recommendation is Alon Mor at The Diamond Oak.
I like this review of his service – it’s worth a read to understand just how special buying a diamond can be.
If you’d like to feel as special as the person in this review, I’d recommend getting in touch with Alon. Let him know you heard of him through Ringspo and he will go above and beyond to make the experience even more special.
Why I recommend Alon at The Diamond Oak
I’ve worked with Alon for over five years, helping people who are looking to buy significant diamonds, as well as those who are selling high quality jewelry.
Through that time, I have seen the exceptional service that Alon delivers to each and every client he works with.
I like this review – it sums up how special working with someone who truly cares can be.
If you are seriously considering making a purchase and want to ensure you get a beautiful diamond at a fair price, I recommend you book in a discovery call with Alon: