[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When we start to talk about the 4 C’s of diamonds things start to get technical, so we are going to start with carat weight. The reason we are starting with carat weight is when  you are shopping for a loose diamond, after figuring out your budget and deciding on a diamond shape, the next logical decision will be the carat weight you would like. Of course, this depends on shape, cut and also budget, but we will get into that further into this article!

Diamonds are actually sold by the carat, which is a unit of weight, although most people think that means the size of the diamond.  Each carat is divided into 100 points, but in a diamond, each carat weight can vary greatly because of the other factors of cut, clarity and color.  Also, carat and karat are different, because carat weight is for gemstones and karat is for purity in gold.

Here is an important piece of information to know when diamond shopping, the more carats you have the more the diamond is going to cost. The reason for this is that the rough diamonds that are mined are generally not large enough to produce large diamonds in carat weight, so the larger the carat weight the more rare the stone is and the higher the price is. That is not to say that you have to lose the amount of carat weight if your girl is set on it because it isn’t in your budget, because you can always go lower on cut, clarity and color.

More carats doesn’t mean more love, but it does mean more money, so remember your budget and we suggest you be open and honest with your bride-to-be about what is truly affordable so there are no false expectations when you put the ring on their finger![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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