Diamonds Defined: Understanding Carat
When it comes to the 4Cs of diamonds - cut, color, clarity, and carat - the most well-known “C” is the latter. Carat is a reference to the diamond’s weight, not its size. One diamond carat is equal to 0.2 grams - roughly the weight of a paperclip. Carat weight is significant because it indicates the size of the rough diamond it was cut from. Diamonds at higher carat weights are rare, whether mined or created.
Carat size & shape
Carat weight can look different from diamond to diamond and shape to shape. The way a diamond is cut influences the appearance of its size and carat weight. And while carat and size aren’t interchangeable, they are definitely related. Size, measured in millimeters, can make diamonds of equal carat weight look very different. If greater weight is on the top, or table of the diamond, it can appear larger; if the weight is heavier at the bottom, it can appear smaller. With perfect proportion and symmetry, the round brilliant diamond is truest to its carat size. Unique shapes with elongated tables, like the emerald, oval, pear, and marquise appear larger than a round brilliant of the same carat weight. With slightly larger tables, cushion and trillion shapes also maximize carat weight.
Choosing your carat weight
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Carat weight & setting
Carat weight & band
Our cutting-edge technology, developed over years of research and development, allows us to sustainably create diamonds from less than a carat to more than 5 carats. Since even a fraction of a carat can significantly alter its value, most of our diamonds are rounded to the hundredth of a carat.
Our Diamonds: VRAI created
No matter the final carat weight, all of our diamonds sustainably created by VRAI are cut to maximize beauty. For more information on the carat weight that’s right for you, we invite you to speak with a diamond specialist.