Carat is the internationally measurement of a diamonds weight and does not accurately reflect the diamond’s size. To understand a carat weight one must refer to the distance in millimeters across the top of the diamond and the diamond’s cut grade. Fractions of a carat are referred to as “points.” Just like there are a 100 pennies in a dollar, there are 50 points to ½ carat.
The price per carat of diamonds rises proportionately with its size. Many diamond cutters sacrifice brilliance to maximize carat weight and profit. It is essential to realize that weight does not always equal size or beauty. Poorly cut diamonds intended to maximize size can be dull and lifeless.
What Carat Weight is Right For Me?
When choosing the best carat weight of diamonds, consider the size of your finger, the size of your setting, and your budget.
• If you are looking for a large carat weight, yet you are limited due to price, consider a diamond with a great cut, SI1 and SI2 clarity and an, I or J color grade.
• Not all settings will fit all diamond carats or shapes. If you have already selected a setting, check the diamond specifications of your ring and ask your E. Frai Co. Diamond Consultant (305-371-9535) for help.
• Keep in mind that the smaller the finger, the larger the diamond will appear. A 1.5-carat diamond solitaire looks much larger on a size 4 finger than a size 8.
Only one in every 10,000 diamonds possesses natural color and is referred to as a colored diamond. For tis reason, colored diamonds are purchased almost exclusively for the intensity and distribution of the diamonds color. Criteria considered when purchasing a white or colorless diamond, such as cut proportions and clarity are less important when purchasing a colored diamond.
Color intensity, the deepness or richness of the color is the most important consideration when purchasing a colored diamond. The more intense the color, the more rare and more valuable the diamond will be.
After color grade, carat weight has them most impact on price for colored diamonds. When diamonds are mined, large gems are discovered much less frequently than small ones, making large diamonds much more valuable. For this reason, diamond prices for colored diamonds rise exponentially with carat weight.
Due to the nature of colored diamonds, clarity is less important than it is for colorless diamonds. Inclusions tend to be masked by the diamonds color.
Colored diamonds are primarily cut to emphasize their color. This contrasts with colorless diamonds that are cut to maximize sparkle of brilliance, which in some instances can detract from the natural color of a colored diamond.
While cut describes a diamond’s light performance, dimensions and finish, shape refers to the overall outline of the diamonds when viewed from the top. It’s important to note that many colored diamonds are cut into non-traditional shapes to enhance their natural color.