A carat is the unit of weight by which a diamond and other gemstones are measured.
First a definition: One carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the weight of a paper clip. I sell diamonds of every weight ranging from very small side diamonds to large center diamonds that will grab someone's attention.
The process that forms a diamond in the earth occurs only in very rare circumstances, and typically the natural materials required are very rare. That means that larger diamonds are found less often than smaller ones. Thus, large diamonds are rare and have a greater value than smaller diamonds. For that reason, the price of a diamond rises according to its size.
Carats are divided into 100 points, similar to cents in a dollar, so, a 50 point diamond equals a half carat. Diamonds that weigh more than one carat are expressed with a decimal. For instance, a 1.08ct. stone would be described as “one 0 eight”.
I will work together with you in my diamond lab to show you the visual difference in diamond size. We can work together to optimize your budget in terms of size of diamond but also considering the quality of the diamond and a mounting. I have always suggested that buying a better quality smaller diamond may outweigh the option of buying a large diamond with lower quality grading.
Size is important of course to many people but I advise not sacrificing diamond quality in order to achieve a larger stone.
I invite you to visit my Diamond Lab to learn about the differences in size and quality. I will use my experience to guide you to your perfect diamond.