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Diamond Carat Weight

The weight of a diamond is measured in Carats. Each Carat is equal to 0.2 grams or .007 ounce. One ounce is equal to almost 142 carats. When a diamond weighs over a carat, the weight is expressed in carats and decimals, rounded to the nearest hundredth of a point. For example, 1.52 carat. Diamond Carat is different from the ‘Karat' used to qualify the purity of gold.

Carat Weight And Size

The weight of a diamond is one of the easiest characteristic for a jeweler to determine since it is measured using extremely sophisticated tools. One important factor for customers to realize is that the size of a diamond does not increase in proportion to its weight. Thus, a 2.00 carat diamond is not double the price of a 1.00 carat diamond.

Carat Weight And Price

The cost of diamonds does not follow a set pattern. One important point to keep in mind when considering the carat weight of a diamond is to know that the 'per carat' price increase significantly as a diamond gets larger. A single 2.00 carat diamond is worth more than just twice as much as a 1.00 carat diamond.

Part of the reason for this significant increase in price is that larger diamonds are rarer than smaller diamonds. The more scare the diamond is, the more it is worth. The process through which diamonds are formed is extremely stressful. Larger diamonds do not formed as frequently in nature as smaller diamonds, so therefore it makes them much more valuable and expensive.

Selecting A Carat Size

There are several factors to consider when selecting the size of the diamond.

1. One of the most important factors is your budget. Traditionally, a man is expected to spend approximately 2 months of his salary. Of course, with the changes in the social norms, this may not be necessarily true.

2. One way to stretch your budget further is to opt for a higher carat weight but a lower color and clarity grade. If a larger carat weight is important to you, yet you are working within a strict budget, consider a diamond with a good cut, SI1-SI2 clarity, and an I or J color grade.

3. The third factor involves the size of your sweetheart's hands. Generally, a smaller diamond can also appear quite large when placed on slender fingers. For example, a 1.5 carat diamond will look much larger on a size 4 finger than a size 8.

4. Also, if your sweetheart is very 'hands-on' at work then you may want to select a secured engagement ring mounting.

5. Lastly, if you are still unsure of what to purchase, please contact us at [email protected].

Also, there are three other C's that affect the quality and price of a diamond.

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