Carat Weight

The metric carat, which equals 0.200 gram, is the standard unit of weight for diamonds and most other gems. A carat weighs about the same as a small paper clip. Just as a dollar is divided into 100 pennies, a carat is divided into 100 “points.” This means that a diamond of 50 points weighs 0.50 carats. But two diamonds of equal weight can have very different values depending on their clarity, color and cut.