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How To Select The Best Diamond Carat Size

One question many customers ask when first looking for diamonds is “what carat size is best?” Although there is no simple answer because every diamond is unique, there are some basic guidelines to consider. When buying diamonds online, it can be difficult to determine the differences between two diamonds of nearly identical size. While “carat” is one of the four C’s, it is often considered to be the least important in determining value. However, this is a bit of a misnomer as carat size is still extremely important. To help our customers better understand carat size and learn how to select the best diamond carat size for their jewelry, we’ve compiled these helpful tips.

Understanding Diamond Carat Size

The most important thing to understand with diamond carat is that it refers to a diamond’s size. More specifically, though, a carat is a unit of measurement for weight. A carat is equal to 200 milligrams, and each carat is divided into 100 points. For this reason, diamonds that are a half-carat in weight are sometimes referred to as “50 pointers.” When selecting a diamond, the best carat size will be determined by a diamond’s proportions. By comparing the measurements, you will be able to select the best diamond carat for your ring.

1.5 carat diamond ring
A 1.5 carat diamond ring

Why To Buy Slightly Bigger

Diamond carat size is important when budgeting for a diamond ring. One thing to consider, though, is buying a diamond that is ever so slightly larger in carat size. For example, if you are wanting to purchase a 1.5 carat diamond ring, then you should shop for diamonds with a carat weight of at least 1.51 and up to 1.55. The reason for this is final polishing and shaping. In the last stages of manufacturing, a diamond may require additional polishing to be properly set. This way, when the ring is appraised, it will still have the full 1.50 carat weight even if some of the diamond was removed during polishing. This will help your diamond ring maintain its highest value.

For more information on diamond carat weight, visit the Adiamor Diamond Education Center today!

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Understanding The Price Of Loose Diamonds

With online shopping’s overtaking of retail stores, more and more customers are doing all of their holiday shopping online. For many couples, that means jewelry. However, buying diamonds online takes a bit more knowledge that picking out a sweater. To help our customers better understand the price of loose diamonds, we’ve put together this guide ahead of the holiday season. Known as the Four C’s, we’ve outlined how cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are factors which determine the price of a diamond.

Cut Is King

When it comes to the price of loose diamonds, cut is the most important of the Four C’s. Cut, though, refers to the quality of a diamond’s cut and not to the diamond’s shape. Essentially, the higher the quality of the cut, the higher the price. This is because a diamond’s cut will determine the proportions of the diamond, and therefore diamond cut determines the amount of reflected light. This means better quality cuts will create more fire and brilliance. Rated from highest to lowest, diamond cuts range from fair to good to very good to excellent to Affinity.

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An example of a diamond’s proportions with the cut rated Very Good. Diamond cut has a high impact on the price of loose diamonds.

Color and Clarity

Clarity and color are closely related because both terms refer to a lack of elements that will reduce light refraction. The best diamonds, then, are referred to as “colorless” diamonds as they appear to be completely clear. Additionally, diamonds with “flawless” clarity will have no inclusions- marks inside the diamond- or blemishes which are surface marks. Diamond color ranks from K, representing diamonds which have a yellow or brownish hue, to near colorless diamonds in the J through G range then colorless diamonds in D, E, and F. Clarity tops out at flawless followed by internally flawless then VVSI down to the low end of Slightly Included 2.

Why Carat Weight Matters

Finally, carat weight is the diamond’s size. Carat, though, is probably the most commonly recognized element of the Four C’s. For example, many times entertainment media will refer to a star’s diamond by carat size. Although carat size is the least important factor of the Four C’s, it still has a major impact on the price of a diamond. While diamonds of the same carat size will range in price due to cut, color, and clarity, larger diamonds cost exponentially more. This is because larger diamonds are much more rare, and finding them with ideal qualities even more so.

When shopping for the perfect diamond jewelry this year, it is best to be informed. Continue your diamond education on Adiamor!