BUYING GUIDE: Diamond Carat Weight

BUYING GUIDE: Diamond Carat Weight

What is diamond carat weight?

When most people think of diamond grading, they think of diamond carat. Did you know that carat is not a grade of diamond’s quality, but merely a measure of its weight? Everything else being equal, a diamond’s price should increase with diamond carat weight.

More precisely, a metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams. To understand the measurement, you need to know that each carat is divided into 100 equal “points”. Therefore, when a jeweller describes a diamond as a twenty five pointer, they are referring to a 0.25 diamond carat weight.

Along with carats, you will also notice a measurement abbreviated TDW, which stands for total diamond weight. It’s used when the engagement ring is set with multiple diamonds, such as a multi-stone ring, and it marks their total overall diamond weight.

Also remember that the jeweller is not the one grading the diamond. There are standard grading reports done by many agencies around the world. Some are more reliable than others. It’s important to have a jeweller you can trust that will  help you decide what diamond is right for you.  If you want to know more about how diamond carat weight is officially graded, you’re invited to learn more about diamond certification or see the video below.

How to choose the right diamond carat weight?

Don’t forget – engagement rings are more than just diamonds attached to a ring. They represent your love, your “forever after”, and they should match your partner’s character. I can help you pick the best diamond for your budget, but you’ll do most of the work while I guide you through the process of choosing the most suitable shape »

When you browse the Internet for information about diamond characteristics in engagement rings, you will find that most jewellers talk about 4 Cs as the most descriptive characteristic of a diamond, which determines the overall diamond beauty and sparkle. One of them is diamond carat weight. However, when choosing the right diamond for your loved one, look beyond these technical aspects and find the right diamond with your heart. Remember – beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Therefore, the engagement ring should be chosen by you, for your loved one, not through a catalogue or a popularity guide.


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