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Guide to Diamond Carat Weight

Guide to Diamond Carat Weight

Carat weight is one of the 4Cs of diamonds that measures measures a diamond carat weight and size. The term “carat” is derived from the carob seeds that were used to balance scales in ancient times.

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Today’s metric carat is equal to 200 milligrams, or one-fifth of a gram, and there are approximately 142 carats to an ounce. Carats are further divided into points. There are 100 points in a carat. A half-carat diamond may be referred to as a 50-point stone.

 

Because large diamonds are rare, they generally have a greater value per carat. When considering the value of a diamond or gemstone, two diamonds or gems of equal carat weight can have differing price points based on the quality of cut, color and clarity — the three other diamond quality factors.

4Cs of Diamond Quality: Diamond Carat Weight Grading by GIA

 

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Sources:
Jewelers of America
GIA

Last Updated on March 19, 2023 by JewelryNStyle

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