The word "carat" is derived from the "carob" bean, which was first used to determine a diamonds weight. Once you've decided what cut, color, and clarity grade you're looking for in a diamond, all is left for you to choose is what carat weight of diamond you can fit within your budget. As you may very well know the larger the diamond the higher the price per carat. This is because larger diamonds are rarer than smaller diamonds and that itself increases the value of a larger diamond. Please keep in mind a larger diamond is not necessarily a beautiful diamond, therefore remember, the carat is not the most important characteristic of a diamond. Other characteristics (C's) of a diamond are just as important to assure a beautiful diamond.

This diagram demonstrates the various sizes of diamonds and how they appear when set in a solitaire setting.

Choosing Diamond Size
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  • 1/4
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
  • 3/4
  • 1
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clarity enhanced diamond?

Clarity enhanced diamonds are real and natural diamonds that were treated in a lab to remove imperfections in the diamond. Because of this treatment, clarity enhanced diamonds are cheaper per carat than non-enhanced diamonds.

What does clarity enhanced diamond mean?

When someone says a diamond was clarity enhanced, they mean to say that the natural diamond was treated in a lab. There are two categories of clarity enhancement. Removing any debris or coloration, and filling fractures in the diamond with resin or some other material that will help it sparkle.

Are clarity enhanced diamonds real?

YES. Clarity enhanced diamonds are completely real diamond stones. They are not grown in a lab or from a different material like CZ (cubic zirconia). They have just had some fillings or laser treatment done to them in order to improve their appearance.

Are clarity enhanced diamonds less value-able?

Clarity enhanced diamonds are cheaper per carat. You can buy a much bigger diamond that is clarity enhanced for the same price as a smaller non-enhanced diamond.

How do you clean a clarity enhanced diamond?

You can clean a clarity enhanced diamond the same way you clean any other diamond or gemstone. Their enhancements do not practically affect their durability.