Carat

Diamond Carat

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Carat refers to the diamond's size and weight

  • This word is often confused with "karat", a completely different term used to describe the quality of gold.

  • Since all diamonds must be cut and polished to remove the outer layer of "rough", large diamonds are rare.
  • The price of diamonds rises as their size and weight increase. Therefore, a two carat diamond can cost four times as much as a one carat diamond of the same quality.

  • Some gemologists describe diamond weight in terms of points, not carats. 1 carat = 100 points • 1/2 carat = 50 points • 1/4 carat = 25 points • etc.

Carat Chart
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