Although commonly thought to refer to
the actual size of a diamond, a carat is actually a standard
unit of measure that defines the weight of a diamond. One
carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. Carat sizes are also
expressed as "points", with a one carat diamond
equaling 100 points, a one-half carat diamond being 50 points,
a three-quarter carat diamond being 75 points, and so on.
Larger diamonds are much more rare than
smaller ones. In fact. hundreds of tons of rock and ore
must be processed to uncover a single one-carat gem quality
diamond, and less than one percent of all women will ever
own a one- carat or larger diamond.
Since a carat is a unit of measure
and not size, two diamonds of the same carat weight may
appear to be different sizes depending on how the diamond
is cut. Some diamonds will have extra weight on the bottom
part or pavilion of the stone, and therefore
appear smaller. A premium cut Canadian diamond is perfectly
cut, and will appear larger than many diamonds of a heavier
Be carefull about
shopping for the largest diamond without consideration of
the other value factors You will likely end up with
a stone of such inferior quality that it will simply look
glasslike when your partner compares it to her best friend's
diamond. Side by side a diamonds' cut is what gives
the diamond FIRE is crucial brilliance. The
difference between a very good cut to a poor cut diamond
can be astonishing.
Many retail jewelers
claim to be diamond wholesalers will sell you a diamond
at a low price. Most of the time the diamonds will not be
independantly certified and there will be fundamental flaws
in the diamond cut. When you compare these inferior diamonds
to a premium cut Canadian diamond like Canada Diamonds brokers
will you really see what a WOW diamond should look like!
If size or carat
weight is your most important attribute, (for many people
it is very important) that is perfectly acceptable, but
do consider the other 3 Cs especially cut to make sure you
understand your tradeoffs.