A diamond’s carat weight – what many people first consider when they shop for diamonds – refers to its size and weight.
Larger diamonds are scarce, and therefore more valuable. However, diamonds with the same carat weight can vary greatly in value, depending on color, clarity, and cut.
A half-carat diamond with high color and clarity ratings may cost more than a three-quarter carat diamond with lower color and clarity ratings, even though they may have an identical cut.
It’s simply a matter of deciding what matters most to you – size or quality – then finding the best combination of factors to suit your budget.