Diamond carat weight refers to the measure of the diamond weight, but may not necessarily explain the size that a diamond appears. Diamonds that are cut more deeply or shallowly may appear smaller or larger than their respective carat weights.
Diamond carat is often the ‘C’ that garners the most attention. HYSTR urges customers to consider all aspects of a diamond, including the carat weight, when making a purchase. Diamonds that are large, but have visible color or inclusions may be disappointing when seen in person.
Our GIA Gemologists can provide advice on choosing a stone with the best balance of carat, cut, color and clarity.
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Determining the ‘right’ carat weight for a diamond is a highly personal choice. HYSTR recommends choosing the cut, color, and clarity of the stone that you are interested in and then choosing the carat weight based on your individual budget.
If a larger carat weight is important, consider ‘eye-clean’ stones that are SI1 or SI2. These diamonds will have no visible inclusions and will be more affordable. In addition, colors below F will be more affordable.
Choosing a diamond that is just shy of the full and half carat weight marks will also help your budget for farther. For example, choosing a 0.95 carat stone instead of a 1.00 carat stone will have little visual impact but will result in significant savings.