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Carat refers to the weight of a diamond, not the size. How much does one carat weigh? One carat equals 0.2 grams or 200 milligrams. Please note that carat should not be confused with ‘Karat’, which refers to the purity of gold. Carat does not necessarily reflect the size of the diamond, as there are other factors that affect the size of a diamond – the distance across the top of the diamond and the diamond’s cut grade. Diamond shapes also have an impact on how large an individual diamond appears. Elongated shapes tend to look bigger than round shaped diamonds of the same carat weight.

What carat weight should I choose?

When choosing a diamond for a ring, it is important to consider the setting style, her finger size and your budget. The diamond may appear different in size depending on the type and proportion of the setting. Slender and streamlined settings enhance the prominence of the diamond, making it appear larger than the solid settings. It is also worth considering the finger size. The slender the finger, the larger the diamond will appear.  If you have a strict budget and you prefer a larger carat weight, Wonderfully Diamonds recommends you choose a diamond with a lower grade in Colour and Clarity and a good Cut.