Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Loose Diamond Grading Part 3

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In the diamond business, bigger does not always mean better when it comes to Carats.

The weight of the Loose Diamond is measured in carats, and one carat is divided into 100 points. Furthermore, one carat is also equal to 1/5 of a gram. For example, a diamond with 75 points would weigh .75 carats. For diamond graders, determining carat weight is the easiest of the 4 C’s to figure out; however, if two Loose Diamonds had equal carat weight, that doesn’t mean their values are the same. Carat weight may be important to those who appreciate a larger Loose Diamond, but as far as the quality of the gemstone, carat weight doesn’t have anything to do with that.

As a matter of fact, quality Loose Diamonds can be found in all shapes and sizes regardless of the assigned carat weight. Skilled Loose Diamond graders usually assign Loose Diamond carat weights ranging from .3 carats all the way up to 8 carats and possibly beyond. When choosing a Loose Diamond, it’s important to note how the entire gemstone looks as far as color, clarity and cut and finally carat weight.