How Are Diamond Weights Measured?
The below article covers a topic that’s recently moved to center stage (or at least it seems that way to me.) If you’ve been thinking you need to know more about it, this is your opportunity.
The basic measuring unit of diamonds is called “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 the past, if a diamond weighed the same as a carob bean, it was one carob, or one carat.
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But what about 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. Most of diamond purchases are for diamonds that are 1/3 of a carat.
Be careful 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’ll probably need to ask the jeweler for the total carat weight of the largest diamond in the piece to understand what you are truly buying.
Well, that’s how things stand right now. But keep in mind that any subject can change over time, so be sure you’re up to date with the current news.