Diamond carat is one of the 4 C's of diamonds which has an impact on the aesthetics of the timeless gemstone. Not only does the carat impact the visual beauty of the stone, it also contributes to the valuation of a gem. We delve into the different diamond carats, and which weights are suited to a varying range of modern jewellery.
Table of Contents:
- What Does Carat Mean in Diamonds?
- Different Diamond Carats
- Diamond Jewellery for Every Occasion
- Ethical Diamonds & Responsible Sourcing
- The 4 C's of Diamonds
What Does Carat Mean in Diamonds??
In diamond jewellery terms, carats are an international standard unit of measurement for the weight of the stones. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams, so a 5 carat diamond will weigh one gram. The diamond carat refers to the weight, rather than the size of the stone, as is often thought. For jewellery featuring more than one stone, the carats are often counted as a combined carat weight. To determine the diamond carats of a diamond necklace with more than one stone would require adding the carats of each stone together.
Diamonds usually become more expensive as their carat increases because larger diamonds are more rare and more desirable. However, a stone may have a higher carat weight without appearing larger and two diamonds of the same carat weight can vary in size if one is has a deeper diamond cut than the other. On its own, diamond carat is not the only element which determines the value of a stone, the 4 C's of diamonds all play a role in how valuable the stone is.
Different Diamond Carats
The most objective of the 4 C's of diamonds is the diamond carat. A precise measuring scale is needed to determine the weight of the stone, these are usually highly accurate, and calibrated digital scales. Different diamond carats are better suited to certain jewellery items, and you can choose pieces which cater to your personal style depending on what you prefer from a stone.