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Diamond Carat Size

March 1, 2016/ BY Coster Diamonds

Some people prefer big diamonds, others fancy a more subtle shiny rock to adorn their finger, ears or neck. Each and every one of us is unique, just like diamonds are, and that is why we are entitled to have a preference when it comes to diamond carat size. Did you know that there is a whole chart dedicated solely to diamonds? This informative chart shows the different weight/measurement and sizes of various diamonds.

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Carat, or its abbreviated form, ct. is a unit exclusive to gem and diamond measurement—it denotes their weight. However, many people, think carat weight to be the actual size visible to the naked eye. It is also important to note that there are different shapes and sizes that the diamond can come in, and the weight of the stone will alter accordingly. Let’s take a 1.00 ct. round diamond for instance, this will equal to approximately 6.5 mm in length. However, if we take a sapphire, the number will be slightly different; the same 1.00 ct. will result in a 6.0 mm length. The reason for this is found in the density, which is different for every single gem stone.

Thanks to professional jewelers and assistants, one can be certain that the masters will do everything in their power to find the perfect sized gem that can fit your own budget. Though, believe it or not, carat size is not the only factor that will majorly dictate the price of a gem. There are various other facets included, such as color and clarity.

Another interesting fact about diamond size is that big diamonds (naturally large in size) are really hard to come by in nature, which is another reason they are deemed considerably more valuable than smaller diamonds. Continually, the price of a diamond will depend on the weight itself (ct.) and not the actual metric size (mm). On a similar note, two diamonds that weigh 0.50 ct. are valued less than one big diamond of 1.00 ct.

8193Another diamond sector worthy of attention is the “under-size” diamond category. These diamonds reach the maximum weight of 1.00ct.  They usually start at 0.50 ct., to 0.75 ct. and 0.90 ct. One is considered lucky to find them, since they are rare and hard to come by.

Often, certain types of jewelry such as diamond solitaire earrings are accompanied by other various gems. They are simply an esthetic addition to the piece. Consequently, a pair of earrings like that would be measured in total carat weight, or t.c.w. Thus, to sum up, t.c.w. denotes the overall weight of all diamonds or other stones found in a jewelry piece.

Whatever size you decide on, remember that diamonds and sapphires are special. Whether it’s a 3 ct. or a 0.75 ct. stone, shine and brilliance is guaranteed. Sometimes the smallest, most delicate pieces are the ones that grab the most attention… But let’s not forget about the huge star-like quality gems that simply cannot be missed. Whatever your choice and preference, getting a diamond will definitely spruce up your day.

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