The Diamond 4 C's: Carat

The carat system is a standardised unit of measurement used for weighing diamonds and other gemstones. It provides a consistent way to quantify a stone's weight, which is a significant factor in determining its value.

The carat-weight of a diamond is equivalent to one-fifth of a gram which means 1 carat is equal to 0.2 grams, this is approximately the weight of a paperclip. 

However, it's crucial to note that two diamonds with the same weight can have significantly different values based on the other components of the Four C's: clarity, colour, and cut. These factors play a pivotal role in determining a diamond's overall worth.

Large-sized diamonds are so rare that the value of diamonds does not increase in proportion to their weight. This means that a two-carat diamond will cost more than double that of a one-carat diamond.


Diamond Carat Weight
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What to consider when selecting the size of your diamond?

It's important to understand that carat weight provides an indication of a diamond's mass, while dimensions refer to its physical size and measurements.

  1. Relationship between Carat Weight and Size: While carat weight is often associated with a diamond's size, it's not the sole determinant. Different diamonds can have the same carat weight but vary in dimensions due to variations in their cut, shape, and proportions. The way a diamond is cut can significantly impact its visual size and overall appearance.

  2. Spread: Spread refers to how a diamond's weight is distributed across its physical size. Diamonds with ideal cut proportions can appear larger (have a greater spread) for their carat weight, as they reflect more light and maximize their visual appeal. On the other hand, diamonds with poorer cut quality may have a smaller spread, appearing smaller for their carat weight.

  3. Face-up Appearance: The face-up appearance of a diamond refers to how it looks when viewed from the top. Two diamonds with the same carat weight but different dimensions can have noticeable differences in their face-up appearance. Factors such as table size, crown height, and pavilion depth can affect how the diamond appears to the naked eye.

  4. Personal Preference: Choosing between carat weight and dimensions often comes down to personal preference. Some individuals prioritize a larger-looking diamond and may opt for a diamond with a larger spread and slightly lower carat weight. Others may prioritize the carat weight and go for a diamond with a higher carat weight, even if it appears slightly smaller in size.

  5. Balancing the Four C's: When selecting a diamond, it's crucial to consider the interplay between carat weight, dimensions, and the other components of the Four C's (clarity, color, and cut). Finding the right balance among these factors is essential to achieve a diamond that meets your desired size, appearance, and overall quality.


 Diamond Carat Size Guide
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Ultimately, when choosing between carat weight and dimensions, it's essential to assess the diamond's visual appearance, proportions, and personal preferences to find the perfect balance that suits your preferences and budget.

At Layla Kaisi Collection we ensure to find the optimal balance of carat weight vs. grade to source a diamond that is both exceptional and ideal for your chosen design.