21 April, 2018

WG Diamond Series - Carat

Read time 3-4 mins

You made it to part 4! Let's have a recap. We first started with cut and how the artisan-like process of crafting a diamond can have a huge impact on the way in which light reflects from it. How well the diamond reflects light is a sign of how well it was cut. 

After exploring Cut, we moved onto colour where colourless diamonds are some of the most prized diamonds in the world. Fancy diamonds such as blue, red and yellow are not graded to the same degree and have their own chart as diamonds are graded on the absence of colour but fancy coloured diamonds are graded on their depth.

After colour, we moved onto clarity where the 11-point scale details the number of blemishes and inclusions a diamond has. Towards the top of the scale, even skilled gemologists can struggle to separate flawless with very slightly included. 

What is a Diamond Carat?

A "Carat" (ct.) is a metric used to determine how much a diamond weighs. A “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams. A diamond's carat can also be divided further. That is to say, a diamond can be classified as 0.50 carats or even 1.28 carats. 

The more a diamond weighs, the more expensive it will be as larger diamonds are sought after. However, if you had two diamonds which weighed the same, they can still have a varying price due to other factors such as ClarityColour, and Cut. These factors come together to form the 4 C's and they are used to determine the value of a diamond.

Trivia - "carat" comes from the "carob" seed. It was the unit of measure originally used by diamond traders.

Final Words

Depending on your needs, there is a level of flexibility with diamond carats and the setting it will need to fit in. 

Do not confuse Carat with Karat. Carat determines the weight of a diamond and Karat is used to determine the purity of gold.

This marks the end of our series and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Hit the share button and start a conversation!

Diamond Guide - Carat
Diamond Guide - Carat
Diamond Guide - Carat