8 Carat Heart Shaped Diamond Ring
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8 carat heart shaped diamonds are a beautiful choice – they sparkle incredibly well, which means that your ring will catch eyes from across any room!
Heart shapes are one of the less common choices for 8 carat diamonds, which means that there may not be a huge selection available when you are looking.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should just settle for the first stone you see. This guide will help you avoid sub-par stones and ensure you get a beautiful and brilliant 8 carat heart diamond.
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There are many factors that affect price and value of a 8 carat heart shaped diamond and no two heart shaped diamonds are the same, even if the specs on the certificate indicate that they should be.
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.
How Much Do 8 carat Heart Shaped Diamonds Cost?
8 carat heart diamonds are extremely rare, so the price of an individual stone will depend on the 4 C quality factors, as well as how well the stone has been shaped.
It’s likely that the price could range from $100,000 for a diamond with low color and clarity (e.g. SI2 clarity, K color) all the way to around $600,000 for a diamond with high colour and clarity (e.g. FL clarity, D color)
It’s important to recognise that at this carat weight, there can be considerable differences between individual stones with similar specs on paper, so each stone really does need to be assessed on its own basis.
8 Carat Heart Shaped Diamond Size
A typical A typical 8 heart diamond may be around 13.12mm × 13.12mm × 7.87mm.
Here’s how it looks compared to a 7 carat and an 9 carat:
One important thing to understand when you are looking at 8 carat heart shaped 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. A shallower 8 carat heart diamond may therefore have more material available to increase it’s length and width, resulting in a stone that looks larger when viewed from above.
An 8 carat heart diamond will generally look smaller than its closely related cousin the 8 carat pear diamond ring, and significantly smaller than an elongated shape like a 8 carat marquise diamond ring.
8 Carat Heart Shaped 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 8 carat heart 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.
8 Carat Heart Shaped Diamond Clarity
Clarity is a measure of the presence of inclusions (or flaws) within a diamond.
The clarity scale runs:
Heart diamonds are a brilliant cut, which means that they are optimised to reflect light back from the bottom of the stone in the form of brilliant sparkle. This can mean that inclusions can be difficult to see under the facets, which is a good thing!
A good starting point for 8 carat heart shaped 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 8 Carat Heart Shaped 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 8 carat heart diamond rings on the finger will show you how big your ring could actually look.
8 carat heart shaped diamond solitaire ring
Solitaire settings are a great match for [shape] 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.
8 carat heart shaped 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, it can be a good idea to work with an expert to ensure that the side stones complement the center stone.
8 carat princess cut diamond halo ring
At X 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 pavé 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.
Best Place To Buy a 8 Carat Heart Shaped Diamond Ring
For smaller diamonds, I usually recommend buying online as retailers present hundreds of thousands of diamonds and make it easy to choose exactly what you are looking for.
However, As previously mentioned buying a diamond of this size diamond is very different to buying a smaller stone – both in the expense involved and in the potential for pitfalls.
My recommendation is to find a diamond dealer that you can trust to guide you through this process. You may be able to source a personal recommendation, or my recommendation is Alon Mor at The Diamond Oak.
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: