About Diamond Weights

About Diamond Weights



About Diamond Weights
Diamonds are measured in​ Carat Weight .​
One carat weighs 200 milligrams .​
If a​
diamond is​ referred to​ as​ four grains,​ this
also means that it​ is​ a​ one carat diamond .​
The word Carat comes from the​ word carob .​
A carob is​ a​ bean that grows 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
do not 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 purchases
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​
jewelry will give the​ CTW or​ Carat Total
Weight – it​ does not tell you the​ carat weight
of each stone in​ the​ piece .​
You need to​ ask
the jeweler for the​ total carat weight of​ the​
largest diamond in​ the​ piece to​ truly
understand what you are buying.
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