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‘Carat Weight’

What is Carat Weight?

 

As the ‘Diamond Carat Weight Chart’ above shows, the term ‘carat’ actually refers to the weight of the diamond. This term comes from the days when early gem traders would use carob seeds (as they were generally very uniform in weight) as the counterweights in their balance scales. The modern metric ‘carat’ weight was introduced in 1913 to create a universally accepted weigh of measuring diamonds. The traditional unit of measure, One Carat, is approximately 0.2 grams. A carat is divided into 100 points, just like there are 100 pennies in £1.  A point is equal to 1/100 of a carat, therefore a 75-point diamond equals 0.75 carat. Due to its weight and size, the larger the diamond, the rarer and more valuable it tends to be. Diamonds of equal weight may appear slightly different in size, depending on their depth and proportions as evidenced in the picture below.

 

 

If you need any further information on any of The Four C’s or Diamond Carat Weight knowledge; get in touch with one of our consultants, who are more than willing and ready to help.

 

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