Jewel: So Jasper, what is carat weight?
Jasper: That’s a great question. It’s our body weight. It is measured by carats.
Jewel: How does our weighting system work?
Jasper: A carat is divided into 100 points. For example, a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. But we have different value depending on our marks, colors, shapes.
Jewel: Where did the name carat come from? Why are we not called something else?
Jasper: The word carat derives from the Greek word ‘keration’ meaning fruit of the carob. Because of their uniform size. The weight of an average carob seed is 200 milligrams. The weight of one carat is precisely 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams.
Jewel: How can we differentiate this?
Jasper: Carat Weight defines our weight, not our size, The term ‘carat’ is often misunderstood to mean the size of us. The size of us relate to the dimensions or measurement in terms of length, width and height. The carat weight is the standard unit of measure that defines the weight of us. For example, when a tall thin guy may weigh heavier than a short fat one, the carat weight is bigger but not necessary bigger look.
Jewel: Hmmm…. then what is used to measure our value?
Jasper: Once we found from the earth, we are sent to the sorter. There they put us in different categories like sizes, shapes, colors, and with various internal characteristics.
Jewel: But how does that measure the value?.
Jasper: When we’re in rough form it’s hard to determine our value until we polished and graded by GIA. The seller/buyer uses the guideline from Rapaport to sell or buy us. When we are untouched we only can use the estimate value sometimes our quality may end up better than estimate. Our characteristics make up unique and different. which is priceless!
Jewel: It looks like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Jasper:. Your right Jewel. The grading system provide a way to compare and evaluate diamonds, but numbers alone can’t describe a diamond’s mysterious and captivating beauty .
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