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Understanding Diamond Carat: Everything You Need to Know Before Your Diamond Purchase

Welcome to our guide to understanding diamond carat. When it comes to the carat the latter is perhaps the most well-known and important “C.” This is because, often, customers believe that the higher the carat, the larger the diamond will be. But it’s important to know that carat is a reference to the diamond’s weight, not its size. One diamond carat is equal to 0.2 grams, roughly the weight of a needle. 

Carat weight is important for many reasons. It indicates the size of the rough diamond it was cut from - a 2-carat emerald diamond featured in your engagement ring, for example, had to come from a rough diamond that was greater than 2 carats before being cut and polished. Diamonds at higher carat weights are rarer, whether mined or created, and therefore usually more valuable. And lastly, carat weight is a crucial factor in a diamond’s price. Even going up a few “points” in carat weight (points are basically fractions) can increase the overall price by hundreds of dollars. 

Many customers look for diamonds of a larger carat weight because they believe the heavier the carat weight, the better. And although carat weight is important to consider, it is not the only factor that contributes to the price and overall appearance of your diamond.

Diamond carat weight & cut

A common misconception regarding carat weight is that bigger is always better. But a higher carat diamond with a poor cut can appear smaller than a lower carat diamond with a high-quality cut. Oftentimes, the difference between .20 carat is indistinguishable to the human eye. This means that if you chose an emerald cut diamond at 1.90, it would be nearly impossible for you to tell it apart from the same 2.00 diamond. But it can make a considerable difference in price. So instead of focusing on carat solely, take cut into consideration. Choosing a quality cut diamond just below your ideal carat weight can offer added savings.

Diamond carat & shape

One important factor in understanding diamond carats is knowing how shape can affect the overall appearance of a diamond’s size. Carat weight can look different from diamond to diamond and shape to shape. And while carat and size aren’t interchangeable, they are related. Size, measured in millimeters, can make diamonds of equal carat weight look very different. If greater weight is on the top, or table of the diamond, it can appear larger; if the weight is heavier at the bottom, it can appear smaller. 

With perfect proportion and symmetry, the Round Brilliant diamond is truest to its carat size. But other unique shapes with elongated tables, like the EmeraldOvalPear, and Marquise appear larger than a Round Brilliant of the same carat weight. With slightly larger tables, Cushion and Trillion shapes also maximize carat weight.

Diamond carat weight & setting

The setting a diamond is featured in can also enhance the appearance of its carat weight. In a Halo settingor a Hidden Halo setting, for example, smaller, hand-set, pavé diamonds surround the perimeter of the center stone. This extra fire and brilliance gives the impression of a larger center diamond while also increasing the total carat weight of the engagement ring. There is also the Three Stone setting to take into consideration. The row of three diamonds (of the same or different shapes) create a striking display, while not necessarily featuring diamonds at a higher carat weight. And VRAI’s Three Stone settings come with either ¼ or ½ ct side stones, meaning you choose the carat weight that feels best for you. 

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Diamond carat weight & band

The band size the diamond is set against also plays into its proportions. Selecting a thin band can make a smaller diamond appear larger in contrast. Ring size will also make a difference in the appearance of a diamond’s carat weight. The same carat weight diamond can look larger or smaller depending on the finger it sits on. And, of course, the added brilliance of pavé diamonds in your band can enhance the brilliance of your center diamond. STEFEE engagement rings are available in ALL METALS LIKE platinum, yellow, white, or rose gold, so explore your options and discover which one works best with the diamond of your preferred carat weight

Diamond Carat & Price

Fractions of a carat are referred to as "points.” 75-point diamond weighs 0.75 carats or 3/4 carat, while a 1-carat diamond weighs 100 points, and so on. The difference between these points, as we have already mentioned, changes the overall price of a diamond. Our cutting-edge technology, developed over years of research and development, allows us to sustainably create diamonds from less than a carat to more than 5 carats. Since even a fraction of a carat can significantly alter its value, most of our diamonds are rounded to the hundredth of a carat. Because we are part of the entire journey, from diamond creation to final touches in an engagement ring or piece of fine jewelry, the cost of a STEFEE created diamond is free from middlemen markups. This means that you can often buy a diamond of greater carat weight for less.

STEFEE Diamond Carat Promises

No matter the final carat weight, all our diamonds sustainably grown by STEFEE are cut to maximize brilliance. For more information on the carat weight that’s right for you, we invite you to speak with a diamond specialist.

And because we forever guarantee the value of your STEFEE created diamond, we offer a Diamond Upgrade program with every engagement ring purchase. 

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Our Diamonds: STEFEE created

No matter the final carat weight, all our diamonds sustainably grown by STEFEE lab are cut to maximize beauty. For more information on the carat weight that’s right for you, we invite you to speak with a diamond specialist.

What Is an Engagement Ring Setting?

Setting describes the method by which gemstones are put onto a metal band. The engagement diamond's beauty is intended to be emphasized by the ring setting. Style, whether it is a solitaire, halo, or three stone setting, relates to the overall design aesthetic that is produced.

What Is a Solitaire Engagement Ring?

The solitaire setting honors its namesake by emphasizing a solitary, magnificent diamond. The elegance of an engagement diamond is emphasized by solitaire engagement rings. Any diamond shape makes a stunning center stone in this traditional setting, even though the round brilliant diamond is the most common choice for solitaire engagement rings.

What Is a Halo Engagement Ring?

A brilliant center stone is encircled by a brilliant circle of lesser diamonds in the halo setting. This is a popular design because the diamond halo accentuates the main stone's optical impact. A single or double halo of white or pink diamonds surrounds a variety of diamond shapes in halo engagement ring settings.

What Is a Three Stone Engagement Ring?

The setting for the three-stone engagement ring displays a stunning trio of stones that are well balanced. To create a picture of extraordinary beauty, side stones that compliment the round and fancy-shaped center stones are put together. A sparkling center stone is surrounded by beautiful diamond or sapphire side stones in three stone engagement rings.

Engagement Ring Settings

To suit the unique size and shape of each Stefee diamond, mountings are made to order. Our professional stone setters precisely craft each stone so that its proportions and surface quality are beautiful from every aspect.. 

Prong Setting

The prong setting, the most popular style of engagement ring setting, has thin metal arms that snugly encircle the diamond at the girdle. The prong setting raises the stone high above the band, letting light to enter and exit the diamond from all angles for maximum brilliance, fire, and sparkle. Each prong is meticulously tapered and angled against the diamond's bezel facets.

Bead Setting

Each gemstone in a bead setting is held in place by a pair of tiny prongs that are lifted from the surface of the metal. Accent stones are frequently used in this setting for the band. Engagement rings with bead-set diamond bands shine brilliantly when worn because the metal beads reflect light.

Pavé Setting

Pavé, a style of bead setting in which adjacent gemstones share a bead, is derived from the French word "pavement." The pavé setting gives the impression that diamonds are closely spaced out to pave the surface. Three to six beads are used to hold each gemstone in place on Stefee engagement rings with pavé diamond bands. If you want a little more shine, this common setting is a great option.

Channel Setting

Diamonds are put in the band's interior between two parallel walls of metal using a channel setting. Channel-set stones cannot have gaps wider than a sheet of paper. Channel-set wedding bands and engagement rings are appreciated for their seamless flow of light and durability.

Tension Setting

In a tension setting, a stone is held so that it looks to be hung in place by opposing directions of pressure. This tension gives the appearance that the diamond is floating in the air. Light enters and exits the diamond through its open sides and high seat, creating an extraordinary brilliance.

Bezel Setting

The bezel setting, which is common for diamond wedding bands, has a metal rim that shields a gemstone's edges. A flat surface that only lets the diamond's crown, or top, be seen is what distinguishes bezel-set engagement rings from other styles. Because of this, the bezel setting is a suitable design for people looking for low-set engagement rings.

Cathedral Setting

An engagement ring gains height and elegance from the cathedral setting. The center stone is raised above the band by the upward-curving ring shank, which has a cathedral-like appearance with its tall, beautiful arches. For those who favor a traditional style with a high setting, the cathedral engagement setting is ideal.

Burnish Setting

In a burnish setting, the metal is pressed to cover the girdle of each gem before the stones are nestled in hollows inside the band and fixed in place. By placing each gemstone at or below the metal's surface, this setting safeguards them.