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Carat

This is the term that people are probably most familiar with and is a measure of weight not size: one carat is equivalent to a fifth of a gram.  The term carat is believed to come from the ancient way of trading diamonds, when traders' scales were balanced by carob seeds, which were amazingly consistent in weight.  Choosing the weight is again a personal consideration, depending upon budget available, and should be considered in relation to the cut grade as poorly cut stones may often have a diameter larger or smaller than well cut stones.

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