Well, carat weight is the easiest to understand among the 4C’s. The Carat is the measurement unit of the diamond. And it is further subdivided into 00 equal parts called “points”. One point equals .01 Ct or 1/100 Ct. 1 Carat diamond equals 100 points. We can write carat weight in decimal numbers. But it is often expressed infractions that are easy to understand. Diamond weight fractions are approximate and refer to ranges of weight. This chart from The Diamond Council of America® is a handy reference:
Diamond prices increase with Carat weight because big diamonds are desirable and rare. But two diamonds of equal weight can have different values. Depending upon it’s three other factors: Color, Clarity, and Cut. In jewelry pieces with more than one diamond, the Carats are described in terms of total Carat weight (T.W.). This is the combined total weight of all the diamonds in the piece.
Determining the right Carat weight for you depends on your budget and taste.
A unit of weight for a diamond. Equal to 200 milligrams, or one-fifth of a gram.
* Carat is a measure of a diamond’s weight and by itself may not reflect a diamond’s size.
* We check diamond from the top because that is how diamonds look like to use when they are set in the ring.
* Consideration of diamonds weight is necessary if one wants to understand its size. Diamond conjunction with two other criteria is necessary as shown below.
- Distance in millimeters across the top of the diamond.
- Diamond’s cut grade.
Diamond Carat Size Chart.
This print out illustrates how diamonds of different Carat weights will appear from the top.
Your diamond may differ from the printout in length/width ratio, table, and depth.
As the name suggests, Carat weight refers to a diamond’s weight. Diamonds Carat weight may not reflects the exact size of the diamond. Its the same as how humans weight is never compared with its height. To gain a precise understanding of diamond size,
Gemone Diamonds recommends considering Carat weight with two other characteristics:
- The distance across the top of the diamond measured in millimeters.
- The diamond’s cut grade.
It is important to measure the distance across the top of the diamond as this is how we view a stone when set into a ring. Diamond cut is also taken into consideration. Because when the diamond cut is proper in proportion it reflects more amount of light from the top. Thus, when a diamond is well cut, the light reflected out of the top makes it appear larger.
Also much of the weight of the cut diamond, hidden in the base of the diamond. Making the diamond looks smaller from its actual Carat weight would imply. It is thus possible to have the diamond of a lower Carat weight but higher cut grade. That appears larger than a diamond with a larger Carat weight, but poor cut.
Once you are sure with your Cut, Color and Clarity grade it will become easy for you to choose your diamond. Much as there are 100 pennies in a dollar, a One Carat Diamond compromises of 100 points. Hence, 50 points are equal to 1/2-carat, and so on.
Which Carat Weight Is Right For Me?
- To choose the best Carat weight, consider the size of the finger, the size of your setting, and your budget.
- Are you looking for a Large Carat weight diamond? and Is it still not fitting into your budget? Then you must consider a diamond with good cut and SI1-SI2 clarity and in I or J Color grade.
- Diamond prices jump at the full and Half-Carat weights. Diamonds bellow this weight costs less. Small size differences are impossible to detect. As the distribution of Carat weight is the entire diamond.
- Keep in mind that the smaller the finger, the larger the diamond will appear. A 1.5-carat diamond solitaire looks much larger on a size 4 finger than a size 8.
Not all settings will fit all diamond Carats or shapes. If you have already selected a setting, check the diamond specifications of your ring or ask us for help. If you have any special jewelry customization request feel free to contact us. We can make almost every type of diamond jewelry designs.