We told you before. Whether you want to spoil a loved one or yourself with a sparkling diamond, without any diamond knowledge finding a perfect specimen can be quite a challenge. Reason enough for us to help you with this unusual quest. Are you ready for a little lesson in diamond science? You choose a diamond based on the 4 C's!

In the first part of our series on the 4 C's we cover Carat, or Carat. In addition to Colour, Clarity and Cut, this is one of the four elements that together determine the quality of a diamond. At the end of the day you know exactly which things are important to keep an eye on when choosing a diamond.

When referring to the carat count of a diamond, it refers to the weight of the stone. (Unlike carat gold, where the term is used to refer to the amount of pure gold.) Each carat weighs exactly 200 milligrams, although most jewelers will refer to it as 100 points. This is because this point system for diamonds makes it possible to represent weight to the nearest hundredth of a milligram. Just compare a carat to a euro: where 1 euro consists of 100 cents, 1 carat weight consists of 100 points.

- 1 carat (also called carat weight) weighs 200 mg and represents 100 points.

- 1 point weighs 2 mg and represents 0.01 carat.

- 1 mg diamond refers to a stone of 0.005 carats and 0.5 points.

- Thus, a diamond of 0.6 carats weighs 120 mg and is equivalent to 60 points.

The higher the carat weight, the rarer the stone and the higher the price. Note that even though there hardly has to be any visible difference between a diamond of 0.99 and 1 carat, you will have to pay a significantly higher price for the latter. This has everything to do with the so-called "Magic Sizes. These are sought-after carat weights, such as 0.5, 0.75 and 1. And as is usually the case, popularity comes at a price.

With "Carat" alone, we are not there yet. As part of the 4 C's, this is only one of the four factors that determine the total diamond value (and thus price). Similarly, the color of the diamond is also a measure to determine the overall quality of the stone. We will cover this factor in the next blog in the series on the 4 C's of diamonds!

Can't, or don't want to wait for the rest of the information, helpful tips and points of interest that will help you choose a diamond? Brunott knows all about diamonds and is ready to give you personalized advice. By phone, email and through our socials. Or drop by one of our stores, and we can show you some diamonds (jewelry) as examples right away!