Carat Weight The larger a diamond, the rarer

The larger a diamond, the rarer

Carat weight is the measure of a diamonds weight on a scale, not its dimensions. 100 points make up one carat, therefore a 50 point diamond is the same as a 1/2 carat and a 0.50 ct. diamond.

It is important to note that size alone is meaningless unless you consider cut, clarity, and color of a good quality diamond. However, size does increase the value of a good quality diamond for the simple reason that large diamonds are rarer than small diamonds.

Only one polished diamond in a thousand weighs more than a carat. Larger diamonds are found relatively infrequently in nature. While large diamonds are highly prized, diamonds of equal value can vary widely in price, based on it's color, clarity and cut.