Diamond Carat Weight refers specifically to a diamond’s weight. A metric carat is defined as 200 milligrams. Oftentimes, diamond carat weight is referred to as “points.” One carat is divided into 100 points to allow for a very precise one hundredth decimal measurement of each carat.
The exact measure of sizing isn’t always translated accurately to the eye. We view a diamond from the top looking down and into the stone. The diamond’s dimensions, measurement across the top, the cut, and the quality play a part in the size.
A well-cut diamond maximizes the light and sparkle making the diamond appear larger. A diamond with a lower cut grade could appear smaller due to its dimensions or in combination with the amount of light that does or does not shine brightly through the top (also known as the table).
Determine Carat Weight
In Determining Carat Weight, Consider the following:
- The size of her finger
- The size of the ring’s setting
- Your overall budget
Oftentimes, diamond size or carat weight is an important factor in your final choice. To fit within a strict budget, you may choose a diamond with a good cut, but move down on clarity and color slightly to find a large and “clean” stone that fits your budget.
Also worth noting, diamond prices have differences as they jump from one full carat size to the next. A 2.95-carat diamond will see a significant jump in price when compared to a 3.01 carat diamond with similar grading. We give a total value for a stone by its “per carat” value, we determine this by its characteristics.
A woman’s finger size can also affect how large a diamond appears. The same diamond on a woman with a size 3.5 finger will make a 2 carat round solitaire look much larger than the same engagement ring on a woman with a size 9 ring finger. Let us help you find the perfect balance as you weigh the many different characteristics of the diamonds you have to choose from.