Carat not Carrot for Diamonds
Four attributes determine the price of a diamond: Clarity, Color, Cut, and Carat. The famous Four C’s. One of the first things most people learn about diamonds is that not all diamonds are created equal. In fact, every diamond is unique. Diamonds come in many sizes, shapes, colors, and with various internal characteristics.
A Metric Carat
Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed in metric carats: one carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the same weight as a paperclip. (Don’t confuse carat with karat, as in “18K gold,” which refers to gold purity. Or carrots, vegetables containing carotene which may help you see the diamond better).
The carat takes its name from the carob seed. Because these small seeds had a fairly uniform weight, early gem traders used them as counterweights in their balance scales.
Today, just as a dollar is divided into 100 pennies, a carat is divided into 100 points. For example, a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. But two diamonds of equal weight can have very different values depending on the other factors such as clarity, color and cut. The majority of diamonds used in fine jewelry weigh one carat or less.
A Bigger Diamond is Not Necessarily Better
Bigger does not necessarily mean better in the grading of diamonds. Depending on the color, cut and clarity a single carat diamond may easily be worth twice as much as a two carat stone. When selecting a diamond we recommend letting color and clarity be your first considerations, then choosing size to meet your budget. A smaller white, eye clean diamond with plenty of sparkle may ultimately be more highly treasured than a large diamond that is appears yellow with visible inclusions.
Find Your Perfect Diamond
Pyramid’s professional Jewelers, David and Don Herrington, have years of experience helping customers find the perfect diamonds for rings, pendants and earrings. They can help you find the perfect stone for your taste, fashion and budget. Contact us today to get started! Email Us Here or give us a call at 207-667-3321