Before going into the description and details as to how much and how the carat of a diamond matters, it is important to understand what really the carat of a diamond is. According to the leading online information websites, the diamond carat terms comes from a Greek word whose literal translation means the fruit which is derived from a tree of carob. In ancient periods, the carob pod seeds were used by many as the standard apparatus and measure for weighing different items. However, since the seed sizes were almost identical to each other this made it easier for the user to weight anything which he or she wanted to weigh. This provided a natural and universally accepted measurement standard for small entities.
Diamond Carat Weight Chart
However, in the start of the twentieth century, the fourth Conference on Measures and Weights had taken place and in that conference it was decided that the modern carat of a diamond should be precisely equal to around two hundred milligrams. This is the technical measurement for the metric carats and it is also the standard version of the carat weights that is being accepted and used universally by gemmologists and jewellers world over. The following lines provide information on how does the carat weight matter when one is going to buy a diamond in the market.
According to most experts and most of the leading diamond professionals, the carat weight doesn’t matter at all. This can be understood from the fact that when an individual looks at the diamond which is set on the ring or on any other form of jewelry, the eyes doesn’t see the weight of the stone. It actually looks at the physical size of the stone and as it is widely believed larger the stone better is its beauty. It is an obvious fact that the eye only sees the dimensions of the stone and the natural mind isn’t able to actually get the information regarding the weight of the stone. Moreover, if all the things are rightly considered, then the total physical size is also not considered by the seer because most of the diamond is obscured in the jewelry that is kept. The area visible to the user is only the surface area’s top.
In the case of round diamonds, the whole diameter can be viewed by the user whereas in the case of other shaped diamonds, the user is able to see the function of width and length. For ease if understanding the below mentioned lines make more mention of the diameter of the diamond but the shape should be considered general for all. This thing should be understood that there is a direct relation between the diameter of the stone and the carat weight that it is going to exhibit. For example, it isn’t mathematically possible for diamonds weight 0.09 carats to have a higher surface area than those which are weighing one carat. However, as the quality of the cut varies greatly, it can be a great difference on how much the diameters are supposed to be according to the carat weight.
According to experienced gemologists and jewelry designers, the diameter of a single carat diamond can range from 5.5 mm (that is quite a deep one) and go all the way to around 6.6 mm and that size is renewed for being called very shallow and flat version of diamond. This means that while the weight measurements do matter to the user because they determine the amount that the user is going to pay, it is best to focus on the diameter of the stone and also the cut grade that is going to be chosen for the diamond. This means that it is best to go for a .88 carat diamond that has a diameter of almost 6.2 mm, which looks great and is also cheaper as compared to going for a diamond which weighs one carat, is smaller in diameter (around six mm) and looks quite ugly. And this fact should be believed that diamonds also manage to look ugly quite a number of times.
As for the last ditch recommendations, the users are advised to always go for the lowest clarity and color variations of the diamonds which still manage to look quite beautiful to the naked eye. After going for that, it is best to go for the best possible carat weight (go for possibly the largest diamond) that can easily fit the budget of the user. When the three Cs are covered in this manner, it becomes possible for the user to make a good choice on the diamond. However, it is important to give due consideration to the cut of the diamond because if the diamond is heavy and is poorly cut than it is worth a lot less than another one which is well cut but is lighter.