Sep 10 , 2020
Diamond carat refers to the weight of the diamond not its size but is often misinterpreted otherwise. Another such misinterpretation is that higher carat weight is always the right choice. Carat weight has no effect on the sparkling of a diamond; a diamond’s sparkle depends on its cut. As a matter of fact, a high carat diamond with a poor cut may look duller than a smaller carat diamond with
an ideal cut.
The term "Carat" comes from "Carob Seed"
The term carat was derived from the earliest method of weighing precious metal and stones against the seeds from the carob tree which were believed to be even in weight. In the Fourth General Conference on Weights and Measures (1907) it was decided that one diamond carat would be equal to 200 mg or 0.007 ounces.
Carat can also be subdivided in points where one carat is equivalent to 100 points.
Diamond Carat Price
The price of a diamond increases exponentially with the increase in the carat weight.
Higher carat weight diamonds are cut from large rough crystals which are a rare occurrence in the nature. This in turn affects the price of a diamond. It is also dependent on the color and the characteristic inclusions and blemishes (which have a positive impact on the diamond’s clarity) of a rough crystal.
Facts on Carat Weight
Buy shy: Diamond prices jump up at the carat and half-carat marks. Choose a carat weight just below these marks to save a considerable amount of money.
Put your money on the cut: Prioritize cut since it causes the sparkling of the diamond. Even a high carat diamond with flawless clarity will appear dull if it's cut poorly.
Fancy-shaped diamonds cost less per carat: Fancy-shaped shape diamonds are less expensive than round diamonds of the same carat weight. Moreover, they appear bigger in size.
Remember the ring size: A small diamond will look bigger on a small finger and vice versa. Choose your carat weight in accordance with the diamond shape, finger size and setting size.
Effect of Carat on the Diamond Price
Carat weight is the biggest determining factor of a diamond's price. It is a popular belief that the higher the carat weight, the better the quality of your diamond. But such is not always the case. Focus on maintaining a balance among the 4 Cs of a diamond: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat to make a smart purchase.
Diamond Carat Size Chart
The Diamond Carat Size Chart showcases a top to the bottom pictorial representation of diamonds of different carat weights and shapes. Measurements of length/width ratio, depth and table may differ in your diamond in reference to the chart.