Carats: what’s the difference in size


3 carat diamond ring, 1 carat diamond ring

Diamonds are one of the most expensive gems that are highly desired among elite class people. These stones are graded according to their carat, color, clarity and cut. These are called the “4Cs” when it comes to rate any diamond.

When we talk about the ‘carat’ it means the mass of the diamond. A carat is about 200 milligrams. Diamonds with less than one carat is equal to one-hundredth of a carat (2mg or 0.01carat). The price of the diamond is directly proportional to carat weight. In fact if the stone is large, then its rarity increases, thereby even the cost increases. A 1 carat diamond ring is actually costlier than a ring made up of several similar stones that are smaller in size even if their total carat value remains the same.

Talking on same lines, a diamond weighing the full carat scale is a lot more expensive than the one that is under the next full carat. This means a diamond that is 1.9 carat would be much cheaper than a 2carat diamond. This means you can have great savings (8 – 20% less) and the size would only be negligibly smaller than the 2 carat diamond.

Also it is important to know that numerical values of carat weight should not be the means to judge a diamond’s actual size. This means though a diamond may appear smaller but weigh equal to its larger sized counter part. If this is the case, then cost of both the diamonds will be the same. This generally happens due to the shape and the cut of the diamonds.

Now if you are planning to buy a 3 carat diamond ring for your lady love, you will get to select from a variety of cuts that it comes in. these could be round, emerald, pear-shape, princess, asscher or bezel cut diamond shapes. A 3-carat diamond ring is the most popular engagement ring styles and is called “Queen Elizabeth’s three times a lady” ring.

Remember to make a balance between quality and size. A larger diamond with lesser color and quality can be found in similar prices. It can be a hard thing to tell by simply looking to the unaided and inexperienced eye. It is advised to take the help of a diamond weight estimator when you go shopping.

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