If you have ever shopped for diamonds, you would have certainly heard the word ‘carat’ often enough. It’s the one thing that people quote and talk about above all else, but what does it mean when you start looking for a stone that will be with you for a lifetime?
The term carat dates back to ancient India, the birthplace of the world’s diamond trade. Sellers and traders used the consistency of size and weight of the tiny carob seed to define a new significance and measure, specifically, for the precious stones we now call diamonds.
The carat of a diamond is simply how much it weighs. The more carats (, the heavier) a diamond is, the more valuable it will be. But it is important to note that things like the skill of the cut and the intrinsic quality of the stone will alter the value, and so it is not expressed by the carat alone.
For precision, a carat is divided into 100 points. So 0.40 carats would be 40 points of a single carat. For ease of comparison, 1 carat is equal to 0.2 grams. We are telling you right away how valuable these highly sought-after precious stones are.
Choosing a carat can often be a matter of budget. With larger stones not only containing more precious material but also being less frequently discovered in the mines, the price points quickly escalate. At Abelini, we keep things simple so why not check out the 4 main points to consider:
DIAMOND SIZE : mm.
From the hands of an expert cutter, the Round Brilliant diamond delivers on its promise of "beauty and brilliance”. This is the classic shape for diamonds and a well-cut Round Brilliant maximises light return better than most other shapes. It creates a dazzling display that will surely make her heart skip a beat and her friends jealous.
The Princess Cut combines the liveliness of a Round diamond and the contemporary shape of an Emerald or Square cut to create one of the most brilliant fancy shapes of all. Currently, the princess cut is the second most sought after shape and is still rising.
The aim is not to get the most significant possible stone at any cost. It would help if you found something that looks beautiful on your hand. Long delicate fingers will enhance the apparent carat size, whilst shorter, thicker fingers will reduce it. Finding the suitable stone is a matter of trying on many different styles before you find the one, so don’t feel like you have to find the perfect match straightaway.
To find the right ring, you need to create a harmony between the setting and the stone. Thicker and more robust-looking sets will make the apparent carat size look smaller and vice versa. It’s all about finding the perfect balance
For example, elongated cuts such as the marquise will look larger at a fixed carat size than the princess shape. If you are keeping an eye on your budget, don’t be afraid to shop around for a shape that maximises the apparent carat size.
0.5 or 1-carat weights are the most popular. This is fantastic for the shopper who is browsing with the budget in mind because it means less popular sizes such as 0.85 ct will be sold at a slight discount per carat. Shop around and find the right balance between price and size, and you’ll be surprised at what you can find for your money.