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Questions about Diamond Carat

Answering Common Questions about Diamond Carat

When it comes to diamonds, many misconceptions surround them and in turn, many questions arise. From the carat size to exactly how they’re priced, there’s plenty to get your head around.

For instance, did you know that the diamond carat size and the physical size of the diamond itself are two completely different things? Not only that, but neither of those factors will guarantee you a high-quality diamond.

We’ve addressed some of the most commonly asked diamond questions in a bid to make things clearer for you.

How are diamonds sized?

There are two ways that size can be measured. One is Carat weight and the other is millimeter and both mean very different things. The millimeter refers to the physical size of the diamond. But, carat weight is what most diamonds are evaluated most by.

How are diamonds priced? 

The price of a diamond is entirely down to the 4C’s, that being said, the colour tends to have the biggest weighting on the price of the stone. The rest of the 4C’s include clarity, cut and carat weight. In addition, factors such as the diamond shape, grading and market play a part in the pricing of a diamond. You can find more information about the diamond price per carat online.

What exactly is a diamond carat?

Definition wise, the carat is the unit of measurement for diamonds. It’s commonly misconceived that the carat is the size of the diamond, but it’s actually the weight. One carat is equivalent to 0.2 grams. Things can get a bit confusing, however, when you realize that two diamonds can have the exact same carat size but very different price tags. This is because the value of diamonds is based off several different factors such as cut, colour and clarity.

Why are diamonds labeled by their weight, not their size?

If you see a round stone that weighs as much as a princess cut diamond, it will have sacrificed more of its rough diamond formation to become the finished product that you see.

What size are 1 and 2-carat diamonds typically?

A 1-carat diamond typically comes in around 0.6mm, whereas a 2-carat diamond is around 0.8mm.

How can you tell that the carat size is accurate? 

All diamonds should come with a GIA certificate; this certificate should include both the carat size and the diamond’s millimeters too. Diamond certification is not issued by the seller; this is always done by an independent gemology laboratory.

Will the certificate show the other factors? 

Yes, the grades for cut, colour and clarity will also be on the certificate. However, it’s important to note that the only measurements and grades that are 100% factual are the carat weight and measurement as the rest are completely subjective to the gemologist in question.

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