Diamond Carat

S ome say that diamonds are a woman’s best friend. The more diamond carats she has, the better she feels. However, what determines the true value of a diamond carat? A carat is the unit of measurement generally used to indicate the weight of a diamond and some other precious stones. One carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. The carat system being used today actually started with the carob seed. The carob plant produced small, uniform seeds, and these were used as counterweights in their balance scales. The carat is the same gram weight everywhere.

Each carat can be subdivided into 100’ points.’ This system ensures that very precise measurements (to the hundredth decimal place) can be made. A diamond that weighs 0.25 carats can be called a ‘twenty-five pointer.’ Diamond weights greater than one carat are usually expressed in carats and decimals.

The final carat weight of a diamond is not always determined by its size. The way the diamond is cut greatly influences the diameter and overall appearance of the diamond. Poorly cut diamonds (with a deeper cut or thick girdle, for example) will look smaller to the eyes but maintain a heavyweight ‘hidden’ at the base of the diamond. This is why a small looking diamond may have a higher carat figure than its larger counterpart.

Diamond Price vs. Diamond Carat Weight

The price of a diamond increases with the diamond carat weight. In fact, a 1.0-carat diamond may be priced far above double the price of a 0.5-carat diamond. Larger diamonds are known to be rarer and more desirable, and so their value tends to appreciate. However, when the other three C’s, (that is Cut, Color, and Clarity) are brought into the picture, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values (and prices).

The half-carat, three-quarter carat, and carat are traditionally known as the magic sizes. To a lay man, the difference between a 0.99 carat and a full carat diamond may seem insignificant, but the price differences between the two can be quite significant.

Tips For Choosing The Carat To Purchase

Choosing the right diamond depends on several factors, even though you want to pick the best one for your loved one. But, there are some quick and easy tips you can use to help make your decision process faster. They are:

1. Go slightly below the whole and half-carat marks when choosing. For example, instead of a 1.50-carat diamond, consider buying a 1.49-carat weight. Doing this will save you a significant amount of money, and the slight difference will never be noticed.

2. Emphasize the cut: This is one of the most important factors because it maximizes the sparkle and brilliance of the diamond. A high-quality, high-carat diamond with a low-quality cut can appear dull and lifeless, which is something you want to avoid when searching for the perfect diamond to purchase.

3. Fancy shapes are cheaper per carat. This fact might be hard to believe as one would feel fancy-cut shapes are more difficult than the more straightforward round shape, which is the most expensive cut. Also, fancy shapes can appear larger than their actual diamond carat weight size, especially when placed in a halo setting. So, you may consider picking other shapes such as the emerald.

4. Ring Size: The smaller the finger, the larger the diamond will appear. Slender fingers tend to flatter the diamond carat more than plump ones.

The carat value is a very important aspect of picking out the perfect diamond for your loved one. However, all 4 C’s should be considered in your final decision. You will be glad you did.