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Carat Weight / Carat

Carat refers to the weight of the diamond. Because carat is a specific characteristic of a diamond's weight, it is not always accurate for determining the diameter or size of a diamond.

As the term implies, carat weight specifically refers to the weight of a diamond. However, just as a person's weight is not solely related to his or her height, neither does carat weight accurately reflect the size of a diamond.

The size of a diamond is determined by looking at it from above because that is how a diamond will be seen when it is in a piece of jewelry.

To understand the relationship of a diamond's carat weight to size, carat weight must be considered in conjunction with two other criteria:
- Of diameter of the top of the diamond.
- Of grinding quality of the diamond.

Diamonds that are larger than their carat weight are usually cut too flat and those that are smaller are cut too deep:

Perfectly sharpened (Excellent/good)

A diamond in the correct proportions will most closely match the standard proportions of diameter and weight. The stone has an optimal light transmission with a good to perfect cut. The light falls into the stone from above, is perfectly reflected by the stone and comes out again through the top. Now the diamond has the maximum life and fire. The diamond shows the color spectrum of the light and has a beautiful sparkle due to all its facets that are at a perfect angle to each other.

Ground too deep (poor)

The light falls through the stone, this will greatly deteriorate the life and fire of the stone.

Ground too flat (Poor)

The light falls through the stone, this will greatly deteriorate the life and fire of the stone.

How is carat weight distributed?

As there are 100 grams in an ounce, a 1-carat diamond is composed of 100 points.
So 50 points equals half a carat and so on.

Note! A 2-carat diamond is not twice the size of a 1-carat diamond when viewed from above. Because the depth of a diamond also increases, the diamond will only be 1.3 times as wide.

Which carat weight is right for me?

To choose the best diamond carat weight, you need to consider a number of things. For example, the size of the finger, the size of the setting and of course your budget.

  • If you want a high carat weight but still have a limited budget, consider a diamond with good cut quality, SI1-SI2 clarity and a G or H color gradation.
  • Diamond prices increase significantly at whole and half carat weights. Diamonds just below that are significantly cheaper and because carat weight is distributed over the entire diamond, small differences in size are almost invisible.
  • Keep in mind that the narrower the finger, the larger the diamond will appear. A 1.5 carat diamond solitaire appears much larger on a finger size 16 than on a finger size 18.
  • Not every setting is suitable for every carat weight or shape. If you have already chosen a setting, please check the diamond specifications of your ring or ask us for advice.

If you want to have a special jewel made, we are also happy to assist you.

Diamond engagement ring

For example, do you want an engagement ring with diamond?

Of course it helps to know what your partner expects and likes. If you are smart about it, you can get answers without your partner suspecting it. Enlist the help of family or friends if necessary. To get ideas and suggestions on how to choose the right engagement ring, please do not hesitate to contact us. We like to think along with you!