The weight of a diamond is measured in carat. The 4 Cs represent the four dominant value factors that determine a diamond’s value, and carat weight is one of these value factors. Carat weight is likely the easiest factor to evaluate. The other three qualities such as color, clarity, and cut will require extensive knowledge about diamonds. 1 carat is equal to 200 milligrams. Only larger diamonds are measured in carats. Smaller diamonds are usually expressed as points rather than carats. 1 carat is made up of 100 points. For example, 0.08-carat diamonds will be 8 points and 0.50-carat diamonds will be 50 points.
The abbreviation used for carat is ‘ct’. This is the weight of a single diamond. In some jewelry, you will be able to see the abbreviations ‘ct TW’, which is the total weight of the diamonds in the jewelry. If a piece of jewelry contains many diamonds that are of different weights, the total weight of the diamonds along with individual carat diamonds weight will be mentioned. This will allow you to help evaluate the cost of the diamonds in the jewelry.
Carat Weight and value
The value of the diamond is greatly influenced by the carat weight. Smaller diamonds are easier to find whereas the larger diamonds are rare and therefore expensive. Generally, diamonds that are less than 1 carat are a lot cheaper than diamonds that are greater than 1 carat. For example, a piece of jewelry that has one diamond of 1-carat weight will be more expensive than jewelry that contains many small diamonds whose total weight of the diamonds is 1 carat. This is why we get to see most diamond jewelry using many small diamonds rather than opting for one large diamond. It will be a cheaper option to buy jewelry that has many small carat diamonds than opting for jewelry with large diamonds. Although the latter does make for a more special jewelry piece, reserved for special occasions such as engagement.