A Guide to Diamond Carat Weight

In this day and age where luxury and comfort are nothing but rare, we often hear the words diamond carat. What is more, the heavier and bigger they are, the more superior they seem to be. However, if you are one of those people who are still new to this, trying to understand this world can be pretty confusing. But there’s no need to worry now. After reading this article, you can easily slide into conversations about this so-called “Girl’s best friend”; and may be, you can even contribute new information or two.

But first, what is a diamond carat?

In ancient times, the term diamond carat comes from the Greek word that means “fruit of the carob tree”. These fruits contain seeds from carob pods that were considered as a standard for weight measurements during that time. Soon after, in 1907 at the Fourth General Conference on Weights and Measures, the olden natural standard of measurement was changed. It was then agreed that a modern diamond carat should equal to precisely 200 milligrams, technically known now as a “metric carat”. This measurement has continued to be the universal weight standard to this date.

As you can see, even before, the weight of the diamond carat is held in higher regards. So why does diamond carat weight matter?

Well, the truth of the matter is, the weight doesn’t matter. It happens to be that only due to what society wants to believe they should mean which is luxury. Come to think about it, the weight of the diamond is not something that can be perceived through sight. The only thing it can see is the size. The weight is just something the owner who is wearing the ring can tell. Basically, what the eye sees is not the weight. Rather, it is the size of the diamond’s surface area on top. And this area, for a round diamond, is called the diameter. For other shapes, on the other hand, it is the length and width.

However, even with that fact, it is equally important to note that the weight of the diamond carat correlates to the size/diameter of the diamond. Of course, it would be impossible for a 0.05 carat diamond to have a surface area of more than 1.00 carat. But due to the variance in cut qualities, it is possible to have an amount of diameter range for a given carat weight. For example, a 1.00 carat diamond can have a diameter that ranges from 5.60 mm all the way to about 6.60 mm. This measurement would inevitably result to an ugly or a shallow “flat” diamond.

Basically, what everything comes down to is that weight only holds importance since it helps you determine the price of the diamond. But beyond that, you should value the cut grade and diameter more than the weight. After all, what is a heavy diamond if its looks do not even give the price justice?

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Kevin Lee is a former tech advisor who cut his teeth in Silicon Valley. He now spends his time sharing his passion for investing in diamonds and jewelry. You can reach Kevin for any comments by using this form.