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.


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.


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.