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
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 carat weight.
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
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 Wholesale Canadian Diamonds brokers will you really
see what a WOW stone 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.