What is Carat?
The term ‘carat’ refers to the weight of the diamond and not its size. The visual size
of the diamond is often confused with the carat weight. Depending on the shape and
the type of gemstone being weighed, the weight of the diamond too varies. The
varying density of the gemstones has a heavy impact on its carat weight. For
instance, round diamond of carat 1.00 ct will measure around 6.5 mm, whereas,
sapphire diamond of 1.00 ct will measure around 6.00mm.
Total carat weight refers to the overall weight of the diamond and even the other
gemstones that are a part of the jewelry.
Diamond Carat Price
Diamonds with high carat weight are cut from large rough crystals that are difficult to
source in comparison to smaller crystals. The relationship between the carat weight
and price thus depends on the availability and rarity of the rough crystals.
Few things to know about carat
To save on some money, opt for a carat weight that is below the whole and half-carat
marks. This means that if you are thinking to purchase a 2-carat diamond ring then
opt for a 1.90-carat weight ring as the slight difference will not be noticed and you
will save on some money as well.
Opt for a diamond that is well cut, as it is the most important factor that helps in
maximizing the sparkle. A high carat diamond with a good colour and clarity will
appear dull if you don’t select the right cut.
Fancy shaped diamonds are usually less expensive than round diamonds. When
placed in a halo setting, fancy shapes appear larger than the actual diamond carat
The smaller the finger, the larger the diamond appears. A 2-carat solitaire ring will
appear larger on ring size of 8 rather than 6.