Facts about carats of diamonds


Diamonds are the precious stones that have been used jewellery making since a very long time. Their brilliance and timeless beauty is the reason why they are popular among the crowd even today. It takes a lot of effort to mine the diamonds and their exquisiteness is the reason why diamonds are an expensive commodity. You will have to make a major investment with money if you wish to buy diamond jewellery.

The introduction of lab grown diamonds for making diamond jewellery such as diamond sapphire engagement rings London has significantly reduced the price of diamonds. However, they still cost a significant amount even if you choose lab grown diamonds. There are several aspects that determine the price of diamonds and one among them is the 4 C’s of the diamond. One should educate themselves about the 4 C’s before you purchase a diamond. 

The 4 C’s of a diamond stand for colour, cut, clarity and carat.Diamonds are weighed in carats.The carat is a unit of measuring weight that is derived from the ancient measurement unit of a carb bean which is thought to be extremely uniform in weight.The carat of a diamond reflects the rarity of a diamond and determines its cost. It is the international unit for measuring the weight of gemstones that was developed by the GIA. One carat equals 0.20 grams or one fifth of a gram.

Most people equate carat with the size of the diamond, but this is not always true. The gemstonesdiffer in their densities (mass per unit volume) because of which two gemstones having the same carat may differ in their size. For example, a gemstone like ruby is denser than a diamond and therefore a ruby of the same carat as that of a diamond will be smaller as compared to the diamond.

The largest diamond that was ever found weighed 3106 carats. However, the naturally mined diamonds need to be processed and cut to make them usable for jewellery making. This processing of diamonds makes them lose a majority of their carats which reduces their size as well. The largest cut diamond in the world today weighs only 530 carats.

Among all the diamonds, only a meagre 2% are flawless and a lesser percentage of diamonds weigh above one carat. Hence, most of the population wears diamonds which weigh over 1 carat.  It’s very rare to find a flawless diamond that is over one carat. Therefore the price of a diamond jumps with the increase in carats exponentially. A 1 carat diamond will cost more than a 0.5 carat diamond. However, the price of a 2 carat diamond will cost you more per carat as compared to a 1 carat diamond.

The diamond price also jumps at certain magic sizes such as 0.25 carat, 0.50 carat, 0.75 carat and 1 carat. This is because people prefer symbolic numbers and the diamond trade makes most of this obsession. So chances are that your bespoke engagement rings London having diamond carat in the multiple of 25 will cost you more than the other numbers.