The diamond carat size is the unit of measurement used to indicate the weight of a diamond. Since 1913 diamond carat weight has been measured compared to the metric system with one carat equaling 200 milligrams. The weight of a diamond is measured up to three decimals and rounded to the nearest hundred.
There is no linear link between the weight of the diamond (carat) and the value of the diamond. Most rough diamonds that are mined are either too small or have an inferior quality to produce diamonds that are used in the jewelry market. It can take up to one million rough diamonds to produce one single one carat diamond.
Due to the rarity of larger diamonds a one carat diamond can often by 4 to 6 times the price of a half carat diamond.
Carat weight will be one of the most important factors that determine the price of your diamond. Below we listed some tips to consider when choosing which carat weight is right for you:
The image is an example of the carat scale not representing actual size of the diamonds.
Although the diamond carat size is important, since the first characteristic that the human eye will identify is the SIZE, you mustn't go for the Biggest possible for your budget. Doing this ,will imply that you are giving up too much on the other 3 C's.
Color will be too yellow or the clarity might be so low that the shine of the diamond will be affected, or even the inclusion might be noticeable to the naked eye. Or worse yet, the diamond might be so poorly cut, that even if you find the right Carat Weight, the diamond will appear smaller.
We understand that finding and selecting the right diamond is not an easy task. While we do offer most carat sizes we have limited our selection diamonds with a carat weight above 0.30 carat. This way you are ensured that whatever diamond you select on our site will be of a good quality.
If you ever would like to buy a diamond of a lower carat size, feel free to contact us for our best offer or advice.
Our diamond education pages help you to understand the 4 C's of diamond quality so yo can choose your next diamond wisely.