Carat is a measurement of a diamond’s weight.
Why is carat important?
Carat tends to be the most noticeable C because it is a reflection of visual size. However, carat is more accurately a reflection of weight. This means that poorly cut diamonds with high carat weight can look smaller than well-cut diamonds of lesser weight. There are 100 points in a carat. A 0.50ct diamond, for example, is a Fifty-point or a half carat diamond. Additionally diamond millimeter measurements are generally good for size approximation.
Which carat size is for me?
Evaluate the measurements of similar diamonds in order to determine which one is right for you. Diamonds with larger measurements within the same carat weight range tend to have greater spread and look larger in appearance. The most popular carat weight is around 1.00 carat.
Be aware that diamonds have critical price break points. The large price differences are a full and half carats. A 1.40ct diamond may be significantly less expensive than at full 1.50ct diamond.