Carats measure how much a diamond weighs, which directly influences how valuable it is. As you can imagine, larger diamonds are generally worth more. To give you an idea of how much a carat is: 1 carat equals 0.2 grams or 200 milligrams.
Large diamonds are rare and highly in demand compared to small diamonds even of the same quality. For example, a one-carat solitaire diamond ring is worth more than a ring with smaller diamonds that, together, make up the same carat weight.
Don’t forget: a high carat weight doesn’t necessarily mean a larger looking diamond. Even diamonds of the same weight can differ on other factors, especially cut. Cut can influences how big a diamond looks more than you might think.
You should also know that, when it comes to diamonds, you can’t get a good comparison unless you’re comparing diamonds of similar quality with similar features. Carat weight is an important consideration, but it’s not the only thing that determines a diamond’s value.
When jewelers talks about a diamond’s color, they’re talking about the absence and presence of the color in the diamond. A diamond’s color is the result of its composition and won’t change over time. Colorless diamonds allow more light to travel through them, which makes them more valuable. These diamonds also emit more fire and sparkle. The process through which a diamond is formed is the deciding factor for its color. The whiter the diamond is the higher value it will have.
When it comes to grading the color of diamonds, jewelers refer to GIA’s color scale that starts with D for the colorless diamonds and goes up to Z as the traces of light yellow or brown color are found in the diamond. Diamonds graded from D to F are amongst the most desirable and valuable stones in the world!
Nevertheless, depending on your budget, you can also find absolutely beautiful diamonds with lower grades. These diamonds are not exactly colorless, but they show no color to the untrained eye.
You may also want to consider the setting of the diamond before choosing the grade.
Keep in mind:
- If the setting for your diamond is platinum or white gold, choose high color grades.
- If the setting is yellow gold, slightly low grade diamonds can also look great.
- Many people prefer the warm glow given by low color diamonds.
- While you will find a faint yellow hint in diamonds that are graded from J to M, the color can be camouflaged by choosing the right setting for the stone. We can help with that!
Fluorescence is another factor to consider. It’s found in diamonds when they are exposed to ultraviolet black light. Some people prefer diamonds without this effect while others look for it. It’s all about what you prefer!