Diamond Carat

Chart and Guide

Diamond carat will cost you...

But our guide will help you wise up on what you really need, where it's worth investing and how cut, shape and weight all affect the visible size.

In fact, it's possible to get an identical size diamond and save $100s - $1000s when going slightly lower on carat weight.

What is a carat?

Diamond carat has the most significant influence on the value and price of a white diamond. Carat weight (0.2 grams) refers to the weight of the stone and not its size, however the two are of course related. The actual carat size will depend on the way the diamond is cut; both its shape and the proportions in length, width and depth.

Diamond carat size chart (mm)

Below is a chart of average mm to carat measurements of well cut diamonds for the top 10 diamond shapes. Diamond length - width ratios are displayed for consistency of measurements.

Actual carat size on hand

Despite the huge advantages to purchasing an engagement ring online, such as the vast selection and far superior value for money, there are still some challenges. One of the most significant challenges is to visualize what the diamond will look like when worn - specifically, how big the stone is for each shape and carat weight.

The above charts show exact proportions for average sized stones for each of the 10 popular diamond shapes on a lady's hand. Holding your own hand to the screen will help show the scale to your own hands.

How big is a carat?

We often get asked “how big is a 1 carat diamond?”

As we can see in our carat size chart, it’ll depend primarily on the shape of the diamond. With deep cut diamonds or with a thick girdle, you can expect smaller face up sizes, with shallow cuts, you can expect a slightly larger mm size. With fancy shapes, it’ll also depend on the length-width ratio (for example a more elongated or square proportioned diamond).

OUR CARAT WEIGHTS

All carat weights listed on our website are the minimum you'll receive. As we make to order, we can hand pick the best diamond on the market at any time. Often that will mean slightly more carat weight at no extra cost to you.

1/2 carat

The size of a 0.50 carat diamond (or lower) will allow you on the one hand to compromise on the quality of the diamond without sacrificing the visible appearance and on the other hand to invest in higher quality should you want to, at a relatively low price difference.

Our ½ carat diamond ring collection is set with colorless, eye clean, excellent cut diamonds as standard as we believe these offer the best value for money, balancing visible quality with price.

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1 carat

When choosing a 1 carat diamond, you’ll want to take more care with the clarity and cut of the diamond as these can greatly affect the appearance of the stone. SI1-SI2 diamonds can offer good value for money, but would need to be carefully selected to ensure they are ‘eye clean’. For step cut diamonds especially, such as emeralds and asschers, VS1-VS2 is usually recommended. 

1 1/2 carat

The larger the diamond, the more significant the quality characteristics of the stone. Carefully chosen clarity for an eye clean diamond and a well cut stone for brilliance are even more important once we reach the 1.50 carat mark.

Color also starts to be more sensitive as lower color grades have more surface area on the facets, so J-K grades will face up slightly tinted and are more recommended for rose or yellow gold jewelry.

2 carat

With 2 carat diamonds, you’ll want to aim for the highest quality you can afford, so as to avoid visible eye sores. Our recommended quality is F/VS2.

Compromises worth considering to keep costs down would be treated or lab grown diamonds, alternative shapes, lower color grade (especially if not for a white metal) and lower on-paper clarity that’s expertly selected.

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Understanding

Diamond price per carat

The higher in carat weight the diamond is, the rarer and more expensive it will be per carat. This cost-price structure means that as we increase the carat weight, the price will increase exponentially.

For example:
(amounts do not necessarily represent the actual cost)

Carat x Price per carat = Total
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¼ carat x $1000 = $250

½ carat x $2000 = $1000

1 carat x $4000 = $4000

1 ½ carat x $6000 = $9000

2 carat x $8000 = $16000

As we can see, if we assume for simplicity, as above, that the price per carat increases proportionally to the carat weight, when we multiply the PPC by the carat weight, the total cost for the stone significantly increases as we go up the carat weight scale.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a 1 carat diamond worth?

The value of any diamond is going to depend primarily on the type of diamond and 4 C’s of diamond quality, including the carat weight, color, clarity and cut. In addition, as different shapes are cut from different amounts of raw diamond, with different supply and demand, this will also influence the price.

So how much does a 1 carat diamond cost?

A one carat diamond can range in price from anywhere as low as $500 all the way up to $10,000. 1 carat diamonds can significantly change in price based on the type of diamond and its origin (eg. natural or lab grown), white or fancy color, any treatments, the 4 Cs and certification.

How does the origin affect the price per carat?

100% natural, earth-mined diamonds are the most expensive in the category and are traditionally the most popular choice. Eco-friendly lab-created diamonds are real diamonds, identical in every way to mined diamonds, but will cost up to half the price due to their origin. In between are clarity enhanced diamonds which will cost around 35-40% less than untreated natural diamonds.

Does the shape affect the price per carat?

The shape of a diamond will affect the price, mainly due to the amount of rough diamond used and supply-demand of each shape.

Style trends mostly influence the rise and fall in price of fancy shapes. Round brilliant cut diamonds have long dominated the market as both the most popular and usually the most expensive choice by a small margin. However, in certain quality, type and carat ranges, due to limited supply, fancy shapes can often fetch a premium.

Why does certification make a difference?

As not all diamond grading is equal, you’ll also want to be aware of the different types of diamond certification. The gold standard of diamond grading is the GIA and you can expect to pay a premium for their strict grading and reputation. This, however, can save you money with the guaranteed assurance you’re getting the diamond quality and carat weight that you’re paying for. Similarly, IGI are the world standard today for lab grown diamonds.

How much is a 2 carat diamond?

As we saw in the above example on price per carat, we can see that it’s not just a simple matter of 2x the carat weight, so 2x the price. In addition to the increase in price per carat due to the increase in carat weight, we can expect that all the above characteristics that affect the price of a 1 carat diamond will have an even more significant effect on the price of a 2 carat diamond.

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