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How to Choose the Right Diamond Carat

Choosing the right carat for a diamond ring is one of the most difficult things to do. Some diamond carats look better on some bands, while other diamond carats look better in specific shapes. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed, check out our mini guide on how to choose the right diamond carat.

Understand carats

1. Understand carats

Many people think that the carat determines the size of the diamond and that the higher the carat number, the bigger the diamond. This isn't always true. The higher the carat number, the heavier the diamond. Two diamonds can have the same carat weight but be completely different sizes due to the shape.

2. Choose quality over weight

A higher carat diamond also doesn't mean a better quality diamond. A larger carat isn't necessarily sparklier or more brilliant than a smaller carat. You need to take into account the 7 Cs when choosing a diamond ring to get the best result.

Choose the carat last

3. Choose the carat last

The other aspects of the ring will help you determine the best carat weight. After choosing the style of the band and the shape of the diamond, you need to work on the clarity and the colour. After you have all this information, deciding the carat weight will be a lot easier.

4. Size doesn't equate to price

A diamond with a higher carat isn't always more expensive than a diamond with a lower carat. Clarity and colour play a huge role in determining the price and are something you need to consider when shopping for a ring.

Try different carats

5. Try different carats

An easy way to see what different carat weights look like on an average hand is to use our interactive diamond size guide. With this guide, you can see what different carat weights look like on different bands and in different shapes.

6. Get creative

Buying a diamond with a higher carat weight isn't the only way to get a larger diamond. If you're on a short budget, consider choosing a halo ring. A halo ring with small diamonds can look the same size as a ring with a solitaire diamond while costing a lot less.

Consider the average

7. Consider the average

In the UK, the average engagement ring includes a 0.6-carat diamond. In Europe, it's a 0.5-carat diamond and in the US it's a whopping 1-carat diamond! You may not think that 0.6 carat sounds like much, but it certainly won't look out of place in comparison to any other engagement ring in the UK.

8. Opt for a lab-grown diamond

To get more for your money, choose a lab-grown diamond instead of a natural one. Lab-grown diamonds are cheaper than their natural counterparts, but they look identical. No one will ever know unless you tell them.

9. Ask us

Buying a diamond ring is likely to be one of the most important things you ever do in your life. If you're really struggling to make a decision, get in touch and let us help you. We'll be able to guide you through your options so you can make the right choice.

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