Do all carats look the same?

Most people think of a carat as a measurement of size. It’s easy to assume that most one carat diamonds look roughly the same. However, carats are a unit of measurement based on weight, not size. This can lead to a large variation in appearance, as the pictures below show.

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Both of these diamonds weigh 1 carat, but look completely different. The smaller looking of the two has a deeper cut that reduces the diamond’s surface appearance, while the diamond on the left (below) has been optimally cut to increase the surface size of the stone.

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So when you’re buying your next stone, make sure you check not only the carat weight, but also compare the measurements to check that it’s the size you’re looking for.