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Carat Of A Diamond

A diamond’s weight is measured in what is known as a ‘carat’, which is a small unit of measurement equal to 200 milligrams. Carat is not a measure of a diamond’s size, since cutting a diamond to different proportions can affect its weight.

Beautiful sparkle is the result of a well-crafted cut. In fact, a high carat weight diamond with a poor cut may look smaller than a diamond with a smaller carat weight and a very good cut.

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Diamond Size and Carat Weight

The most important thing to remember when it comes to a diamond’s carat weight is that it is not the only factor that determines a diamond’s value. In other words, bigger does not necessarily mean better. The size of a diamond is proportional to its carat weight.

Diamond Carat Size

In order to determine how big a stone will look in reality, you need to be aware of the stone’s proportions in relation to the weight. For example, using the chart below as a guide, we can see that a well-cut 1 carat stone will be approximately 6.4mm wide, while a .50 carat stone will be about 5.2mm. A whole half a carat difference in weight only equates to a 1.2mm difference in diameter.

Which Carat Weight Is Right For You?

The size of a diamond is proportional to its carat weight. When rough diamonds are cut and polished into finished diamonds, up to 2/3 of the total carat weight may be lost. Since larger rough gems of high quality are found less frequently than smaller rough gems of high quality, a single two carat diamond will be more expensive than two one-carat diamonds of the same quality.

How Diamond Carat Weight Affects Price?

As the carats, or weight, of a diamond increases, so does the price. The larger the carat size, the more dramatically the price can increase. This is because it is more difficult to find larger diamonds than it is smaller ones, and so the larger ones are worth considerably more.

Diamond Carat Weight Affecting Price

As a diamond’s carat weight increases, the price of the diamond increases considerably.

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Is Diamond Carat Important?

Carat is important because it helps determine a diamond’s price and reflects its rarity. Since the price of diamonds is calculated by multiplying the carat weight by the price per carat, you want to make sure that the diamond you’re buying has been accurately weighed. You also want to make sure the diamond’s stated weight is given with two decimal points.

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