What Exactly is Carat Weight?
To better understand carat weight, it’s important to note that when most people look at a diamond, they tend to evaluate it from a bird’s eye view (the top) as it’s typically already set.
This view tends to hide 2 important aspects which impact a diamond’s carat weight:
- The height (or depth) of a diamond
- The angle and proportions to which a diamond is cut (cut grade)
Because of this, diamonds of equal carat weight may be of greatly differing value depending on their characteristics. A deep cut diamond will have a large portion of it’s weight below the ring setting and look smaller than a well cut diamond of the same carat weight.
How do I Select a Carat Weight?
When determining what carat weight you are looking for, take the following into account:
- There is a price jump at the 0.50-carat and 1.0-carat weight. Consider getting something just under those thresholds (0.49 and 0.99 carat weight) to get the most for your money.The 0.01 is unnoticable.
- If she’s made it clear that her heart is set on something large, consider a lower grade color and clarity.
- Start with the best cut grade that you can afford. The maximum light returned will often make the diamond look larger than it’s true carat weight
- Consider a setting with smaller diamonds around a central diamond. The overall feel of the ring will be larger
Sample Set of Carat Weight
Here are some sample round cut diamonds of various carat weights:
- Between 0.5 and 1.0 carats (0.50 carats | 0.70 carats | 0.90 carats)
- Above 1.0 carats (1.00 carats | 1.50 carats)
- Above 2.0 carats (2.00 carats)