Diamonds are a girl’s best friend: how many times have you come across this eternal truth? And if you have a special someone, then you know it all the more! But have you ever wondered about the technical jargon related to a diamond such as cut, clarity, color, and carat? Whenever you’ve wanted to buy a diamond jewel, be it a resplendent ring, a pretty pendant, or dainty dangler, the shopkeeper has spouted these words at you and you’ve been awed by the jingoistic description and decided to make your purchase.
At Diamond Exchange Dallas, we believe that it is important to not only spout the jargon but also explain what it is all about. Let us take you through the basics of what a diamond carat or diamond carat weight is; so that next time you’re about to make a purchase and the salesman talks at you, you know exactly what is being said! Below we have included a very informative video done by the Gemological Institute of America to give you a better understanding of diamond carat weight:
How did diamond carat weight come about?
Originally, the diamond was measured by diamond traders in terms of comparison with the carob seeds. Today, the term carat weight has come into use as a unit of measure, based on the nomenclature used by the traders in the earlier times. What is important to note, is that the diamond carat does not denote the size of the diamond but its weight. In today’s day and age, one carat is roughly 0.2grams of weight – which is almost equal to one of those small paper clips that you see lying about at your workstation. One thing that we specialize in at Diamond Exchange Dallas is and helping get our customers the most carats for thier hard earned money.
How does carat weight effect the price?
One aspect of the price of a diamond is determined by the size of the carat weight. The larger the diamond, the more rare it is, and therefore the more expensive it tends to be. Roughly, a 1 carat diamond costs about $6000 (except at Diamond Exchange Dallas) whereas a 3 carat diamond will set you back by $54000. However, it is not a given that the size of a carat will increase according to the carat of the diamond. What this means is that though an increase in carat may give you an illusory increment in the size, owing to the increase in the diameter surface and the crown area, the actual size of the diamond may remain the same. One of the first things to consider when is the size of the center diamond. At Diamond Exchange Dallas, we ensure that we give our customers the exact measurements for each diamond which includes the length, width, diameter, and crown area; so that they can decide the size of the diamond they want to purchase based on all other criteria in conjunction with the diamond carat.
More about diamond carat weight:
More often than not, two diamonds of equal carat also appear very different. This is because of the difference in the shape of the diamond. Let us take as an example a 1 carat marquis diamond cut. This diamond is visibly larger than a 1 carat diamond that has been shaped as a round cut. This is because the area of the surface is illusory in nature and not real. An oval diamond of the same carat is seen as bigger than a round diamond of similar carat. This is truly a neat trick to use when you want to gift your loved one a beautiful diamond. Compare the diamond cut, which means the shape of the diamond, of two equal carats – and you could end up saving a lot more money!
Keep your loved one happy and your purse strings drawn tight by making use of these handy tips offered to you by the experts at the Diamond Exchange Dallas. Always be armed with information about the 4C’s – cut, clarity, color, and carat before you embark on a diamond-buying mission. And when you are ready, make sure you compare and then make the final purchase.