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Diamond Carat Weight

A carat is a measure of a diamond’s weight.

One carat is equal to 0.2 grams. Carats are then divided into 100 point systems, so that half a carat is 50 points and is written as .5 carats (1/2 carat). A half carat diamond would be .1 grams.

Unlike gold, which can be melted together and combined to form a single brick of gold, diamond carats are not equal. A larger diamond is rarer than a bunch of smaller diamonds that weigh the same, so it is more valuable.

Another factor to note is that carat weight does not necessarily determine how a diamond looks. For example, a 2 carat diamond does not always look twice as big as a 1 carat diamond, because the cut and setting can also impact how big it looks.

Carat Weight Chart

Diamonds are measured by carat weight, and not size. Two diamonds having the same carat weight could have different millimeter sizes because a diamond is three dimensional meaning length, width, and depth. The scale below is a comparison of the sizes based upon carat weight with cutting percentages being the same.

Diamond Carat Weight Chart

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