How big is a 1 carat diamond, really? (If only it were that simple).
By Lead Gemologist Erica Hirsch, GIA GG
How different diamond shapes stack up in size
Carat, as you might already know, is a measure of weight, not size. Similar to people, each diamond wears it’s weight a little different. You might hear a diamond dealer use the word “spread” when referring to a diamond’s size. A “spready” diamond is one that looks bigger then it is.
Pear and oval shaped diamonds are wider and more flat, whereas round brilliants and Asscher cuts tend to run deeper. If you’re looking for the best bang for
If you’re flexible on shape, this can be a great way to get a diamond that looks bigger without costing more, and while historically the round brilliant has reigned supreme, we think the other cuts are just as dazzling.