A diamond’s carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. Each carat is subdivided into 100 “points” which allows precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. A diamond that weighs 0.50 carats is often referred to as “50 points” or “half-carat” while a diamond that weights 1.08 carats is referred to as “one point oh eight carats”.
The larger a diamond is, the more rare and desirable they become. Their prices also increase as the weight goes up. Although two diamonds can have equal weights, the value in price can be very different as they also depend on other factors such as color and clarity.
Some carat weights are considered “magic sizes” ie. Half carat, three-quarter carat, and one carat. While there is little difference visually between a 0.99 carat diamond and one that weights 1.00 carat, the price can be significant between the two. Diamonds that weigh just under magic sizes provide great value.