Carat weight is the physical weight of a diamond measured in ‘metric carats.’ Unlike color, cut and clarity, carat weight is straightforward. What does that mean? Quite simply, 20 jewelers can look at the same inclusion or color flaw and have different opinions about it. If a diamond is between a grade, it really depends on the jeweler on which grade the diamond ultimately receives. Think of essay questions versus multiple choice. An essay can be subjective, whereas multiple choice has only one answer.
Carat weight can appear differently depending on the shape and cut of a diamond. Try comparing a princess and emerald cut diamond of the same carat weight to see how different they both look in size. Typically, carat weight is mistaken for the physical size of a diamond. A diamond’s carat weight can appear smaller due to its shape.
A diamond that has a ‘tw’ (total carat weight) is valued differently than a solitaire of the same weight. Meaning a center stone that is 2 carats with pave stones totaling one carat can have a lesser value than one 3 carat diamond.
At RCJ, we only work with diamonds over 2 carats. Why? Diamonds under 2 carats are easy to come by, whereas diamonds over 2 carats are much rarer, making their value increase considerably.
Lab grown diamonds do not require the same labor-intensive mining process as diamonds grown from the earth. Using technology to grow diamonds means we can offer diamonds of higher carat weight and quality for less than a mined diamond. Accessing a 2 carat and above is much simpler when you choose lab grown.
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