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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Different Sizes of Diamonds

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Different Sizes of Diamonds

If you are considering selling a diamond, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on what factors, such as size, contribute to its value before you do. Here is a brief explanation of the various diamond sizes and what you should know before buying one for yourself or a special someone, or selling your own diamonds.

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Carat weight and millimeters dictate size

You might not always think of a diamond’s size in terms of millimeters or inches. Usually, you consider the diamond’s total weight, or carats, rather than its actual circumference or overall size.

It’s a popular fallacy that a diamond’s quality increases with its carat weight. However, it isn’t always the case. In actuality, a diamond that is larger in carat weight but has a poorer cut, lesser clarity, or duller color won’t appear as bright.

What does carat weight mean exactly?

The only unit of measurement used by jewelers to weigh diamonds and other precious jewels is the carat. As previously mentioned, carat is frequently mistaken for a diamond’s apparent size. The following chart is helpful when comparing various diamond sizes and shapes. It demonstrates the common correlation between the carat weight of round diamonds and their perceived size in millimeters. A coin is included for reference.

Even in the same sizes, different diamond shapes appear distinct

The shape of the diamond is yet another factor to take into account when comparing various diamond sizes. The cut of a diamond determines some of the most well-known diamond forms, including round, cushion, princess, oval, emerald, pear, and marquise.

Even diamonds that are the same carat weight and size in millimeters have a tiny aesthetic difference. Additionally, the size of your hand (if it’s a ring) and the design of the diamond’s setting have an impact on the final visual result.

A larger center stone may appear much larger in comparison to the surrounding ones in certain settings, such as a halo of smaller diamonds. Additionally, a single stone may appear larger or smaller depending on the length and breadth of the ring band.

Most common diamond sizes

For rings, earrings, and necklaces, some of the most popular diamond sizes fall in the range of 25 carats to 2 carats. The 4Cs—cut, clarity, color, and carat—are used in combination to determine a diamond’s worth. Instead of concentrating solely on the diamond’s size, keep these four considerations in mind to get the best value for your money.

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