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Home > Education > Carat WeightCarat Weight
Diamonds are weighed in units called carats. A carat is measured in increments called points. One carat is equal to 100 points. Carat weight is the easiest of the 4C’s to determine because it is measured on a diamond scale.

The carat weight of a stone is the easiest to measure and also the most noticeable feature of a stone when viewing it with the naked eye. In general, carat weight should be the first factor to consider when deciding on how much you would like to spend on a diamond.

The reason for the rapid rise in price when you see different carat weights is because most diamonds mined today are fairly small, causing larger stones to be very rare. Diamond weights do not correspond directly to the physical size of a diamond, for example a two carat stone will not look twice as large as a one carat stone. It is their relative rarity that causes larger stones to cost exponentially more than smaller stones of the same quality.