Should you ask your jeweler about exact weight of diamond used in your ring?
While purchasing a diamond ring, we often ask about the weight. In fact, even the receipt mentions the weight of the ring. But what most people don’t bother with is asking the jeweler the exact weight of each diamond used in the ring. After all, you should know what you’re paying for and if it is worth it. So today, we are going to discuss all about carat weight and whether you should ask your jeweler about it or not. So let’s begin.
- What is carat weight?
Carat is one of the 4C’s of diamond quality. The other 3C’s are color, clarity and cut. Carat weight is the universal unit of measurement for gems, diamonds included. One carat is equivalent to 0.20 grams. To measure in size, a 1 carat regular round diamond is around 6.5 millimeter in size. This isn’t accurate as diamond cuts are quite deep and may cause the carat weight to hide in the diamond’s bottom, making it appear smaller overall.
- How is carat weight measured?
There are specific scales used to measure diamonds. They are known as electronic micro-balance scale. The GIA has strict rules when it comes to carat weight measurement. The diamonds weight is rounded up only when the last digit of the weight is 9.
- Carat weight influences price
Carat weight naturally plays a major role in determining its price. The larger the diamond, the rarer it is; and the rarer it is, the higher its price. Therefore, diamond with higher carat weight is priced higher. For instance, a 1.00 carat diamond will cost much more than a 0.50 carat diamond. Combine that price with the metal used for the ring, and the price increases all the more.
- Authenticity and rarity of diamonds
Carat weight determines the authenticity of a diamond. A genuine GIA grading certificate will give you a definite assurance that your diamond is genuine. For this reason, it is necessary to know the exact weight from your jeweler, especially in case of any bespoke engagement rings.
- Total weight differs from carat weight
Many ring designs have more than one diamonds. Some have a bigger centre stone and other smaller stones, while some have different gems altogether. Also, the metal has its own weight. Keeping these factors in mind, you should know exactly what you are paying for. Carat weight refers to the weight of a single diamond and total carat weight describes the weight of all the diamonds in a ring with multiple stones. Thus, it is important to know the difference and exact values too.
- Helps to get the ring insured
When you have all the information in place, it is easier to claim for insurance. Insurance companies will require all the documents and for that a grading certificate will be considered mandatory. So asking your jeweler about the weight of the diamond is necessary to get your ring insured including sapphire engagement rings. Even jewellery mag articles will guide you to do the same.
Yes, you definitely should ask your jeweler. It is in your right to be fully informed about the purchase you make and no jeweler will deny giving you the information.