Understanding a Diamond’s Carat Weight

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Understanding a Diamond’s Carat Weight

First a point of clarification, Carat refers to the size of the diamond, not it’s actual weight.  Also, Karat refers to a grading system for metals, not diamonds.

Carat weight and Cut quality are important to consider together. a Diamond with a .9 Carat weight and a higher Cut quality can appear larger than a 1.1 Carat weight diamond with a lower Cut quality. This is due to the fact that the diamond’s top portion, the Crown can be deeply cut and less wide, showing a smaller visible size.  Versus a diamond with a Crown that is Shallow cut, showing a larger visible size.

This is due to the fact that the diamond’s top portion, the Crown can be deeply cut and less wide, showing a smaller visible size.  Versus a diamond with a Crown that is Shallow cut, showing a larger visible size.

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When you’re looking for a larger diamond, consider comparing the cuts for diamonds that are within a .25 range of Carat Weight.

When shopping for a diamond by Carat Weight you will want to consider the Top Diameter size as noted above by looking at the Crown.  This measurement is done in millimetres and it represents the distance across the top diameter of the diamond.

Diamond prices typically make a jump when you hit whole and half Carat Weights.  When you are searching for a larger looking diamond, consider a Carat Weight that is within .15 of a whole Carat weight and ensure that the cut is more ideal.

We have customers that swear that they want a larger Carat Weight diamond but when they actually try a ring on at that size, they realize that their finger size is smaller and the diamond is too big.

Consider the profession that you’re in – if you work with machinery, work in a hands-on setting, are a teacher, work with elderly, work as a nurse, etc – you may want to consider a smaller diamond Carat Weight with a Shallow Cut.

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