Throwback Thursday: Does Carat Size Matter?

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It’s that time of the week again; Throwback Thursday. This week we are throwing back to an “education” blog. We know an engagement ring is a huge investment; an investment that you will wear every day for the rest of your life. We at A. JAFFE want to do our best and make sure you are more than comfortable with your ring/diamond purchase.

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” – Leo Robin

Does size really matter? That is the question many people ask themselves when starting to shop for engagement rings. Of course every girl wants a rock of her very own, but what really matters is the sparkle and brilliance that the stone delivers. The value of a diamond is determined based on several factors. These factors are referred to as the 4 C’s: color, clarity, cut and carat. The combination of all four factors determines the value of the diamond, not just the carat weight.

Wedding rings

Color: Refers to the white appearance of the diamond. Diamonds with a whiter appearance have the look of a higher quality.

Clarity: Refers to the inclusions of the diamond. When picking a diamond you want to choose a clarity that is flawless to the naked eye. Good choices are VVS, VS and SI.

Cut: Refers to the shape of the diamond. The cut reflects the brilliance and life of the diamond. You want your diamond to sparkle and pop.

Carat: Refers to the weight of the diamond. The bigger the diamond doesn’t always mean the bigger the carat size. Once a stone is cut the weight of the diamond is affected more than the size.

Designer wedding rings

While we have established that carat size isn’t the only factor when it comes to buying an engagement ring, Hollywood seems to disagree. Carat size has become all the rage for celebrities; the bigger, the better. We at A. JAFFE decided to look into celebrity engagement rings and compiled a list of some celebrities with a 10 carat diamond or higher.

• Hedi Klum and Seal: 10 carat

• Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas: 10 carat

• Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom: 12.5 carat

• Hillary Duff and Mike Comrie: 14 carat

• Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: 15 carat

• Angelina Jolie and Brad Pit: 16 carat

• Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: 17 carat

• Kate Middleton and Prince William: 18 carat

• Beyonce and Jay-Z: 18 carat

• Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: 33.19 carat

Wedding bandsWhen you have endless amounts of money, size does matter. But for the average bride that isn’t always the case. If you have a rock that is dull and lackluster, who really cares? Look for a carat size that is within your budget and then decide on what diamond cut you would like. The cut will help contribute to the brilliance and shine of the diamond. This brilliance and shine is what will make your diamond stand out!

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Posted By: Caitlin Fischer

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