What is a Carat?
Carat is the unit of measurement used to weigh precious stones. 1 carat is the equivalent of 0.2 grams, or 0.0007 ounces.
Within the diamond trade, fractions of a carat are referred to as points. For example, a 50-point diamond weighs 0.5 carats, or ½ carat.
Diamonds come in different shapes, sizes, colours and purities. The larger the diamond, the rarer it is, so the cost per carat will be higher than that of a smaller diamond of the same colour, clarity and cut.
Two diamonds of the same weight may be of different sizes, as one may have a larger surface area.
The chart below is a good reference point when it comes time to choosing your dream diamond.
Choosing Your Diamond Carat
When it comes to choosing your diamond carat, there may be an array of considerations that influence the size of your diamond.
At Empress Diamonds, we’ve simplified the process into four components to help you find your perfect stone:
Your Personal Preference:
If you've got an idea of size, our jewellers will guide you through a selection of diamonds that also compliment your ideal clarity, colour and cut.
Your Finger Size:
Your hand and finger size can change how a diamond looks. On smaller hands, smaller diamonds are often more suitable as they appear larger and more proportioned to the hand. We’ll find you a diamond that suits your hands perfectly.
Your diamond's carat may change depending on the cut and style you’re after. If it's an emerald cut you're after, a diamond with a larger surface area but smaller carat would be ideal. At Empress Diamonds we pride ourselves on our ability to bring your dream design to life - we can recreate any ring exactly, or you can choose to develop an idea into a unique piece of jewellery with our design team.
If you are selecting a diamond at a specific price point, we’ll guide you through our collection depending on what’s most important to you. If you’re looking for a larger diamond, we’ll show you options that scale lower on clarity, have more colour, or even have a larger size than weight, in order to fit your budget.