Diamond Weight and Clarity
Carat weight is only one diamond characteristic that you should explore before you buy a diamond. Diamonds are measured in Carat Weight. One carat weighs 200 milligrams. If a diamond is denoted to as four grains, this also means that it’s a one carat diamond. The word Carat comes from the word carob. A carob is a bean that develops on a tree in the Mediterranean. In times past, if a diamond weighed the same as a carob bean, it was one carob, or one carat.
However, in the far east, where Carob trees don’t grow, rice was used to measure the
weight of a diamond. If a diamond weighed as much as four grains of rice, it was four grains – or one carat as we know it to be now. The majority of diamond buys are for diamonds that are 1/3 of a carat.
Beware when shopping for diamonds that are already set or mounted. If more than one
diamond is used in the piece, the tag on the Jewellery will give the CTW or Carat Total
Weight – it doesn’t tell you the carat weight of each stone in the piece. You require to ask
the jeweler for the total carat weight of the largest diamond in the piece to truly
Realise what you’re purchasing.
But what about diamond clarity? Isn’t that equally as important. Clarity is an important view of a diamond, and it’s important to know how to rank the clarity of a diamond before you purchase one. It’s Really quite easy to learn how to score the clarity of a diamond. There are basically two things that you must understand: Diamonds with visual inclusions and blemishes, and those that are ‘eye clean’ standing for that there are no inclusions or defects that may be
seen with the naked eye. From there, the clarity of a diamond is further broken down
A lot of people mistakenly believe that diamond clarity refers to how clear it’s. This isn’t so.
Clarity really refers to the internal and external imperfectnesses of the diamond. The best diamonds, naturally get a score of FL or IF – Flawless or Internally Flawless – meaning that it’s perfect. A rank of I-1, I-2 or I-3 means that the diamond is imperfect, with a grade of I-3 being the worst.
Other ranks are VVS1 and VVS2, which means that the diamond is very, very slightly
imperfect; VS1 and VS2, meaning the diamond is very slightly imperfect; SI-1 and
SI-2, which means that the diamond is slightly imperfect.