What is a Half Carat Diamond?
The carat (ct) is the official unit used to measure a diamond’s weight and relative size. Half carat diamonds are equivalent to 100 milligrams, or 1/10 gram.
In recent years, the one carat diamond has become a traditional engagement ring standard. Despite this cultural standard, the majority of diamond engagement rings in the US are set with diamonds that are smaller than a half carat, making the half carat a truer statistical standard!
What About Size?
Many consumers don’t realize that the carat weight of a diamond does not necessarily determine with how large the diamond appears to be. It is a common misconception that a half carat diamond will always appear larger than a .47ct diamond.
Should you be looking to maximize the size of your half carat diamond, be sure to measure the distance across the top of the stone (in round cuts, the diameter), note the diamond’s cut grade, and be thoughtful about your diamond setting. Diamonds with high cut grades offer high light return which may make them appear larger, and certain settings, such as the halo setting, can also enhance the size of the center stone.
Half Carat Diamond Prices
Diamond prices jump significantly at every half carat. If you’re shopping on a budget, consider selecting a diamond just 'underweight'. For example, a 0.49 carat diamond could be 6-8% less than a one half carat diamond; although it is only 1 point less carat weight, falls in a lower price category.
Half carat diamonds are an essential element of any piece of fine jewelry. Half carat diamonds are often featured as the center stone in Diamond Engagement Rings, but these diamonds can also be found in items such as Diamond Stud Earrings, Diamond Bracelets and even diamond Wedding Rings and Anniversary Rings. Half carat diamonds are extremely popular because of their relative affordability and their ability to fit into nearly any piece of diamond jewelry.
Half carat diamonds are ideal center stones due to their incredible value. The choices for half carat diamonds are endless and buyers can find stones in a variety of colors and clarities, depending on their respective budgets. This ideal sized diamond seems to go well with all Diamond Shapes yet round, princess, asscher, oval, emerald, cushion and radiant look particularly dazzling with a half carat diamond. Choosing the right diamond size also depends on the type of jewelry setting. Half carat diamonds go very well with most settings, but may be best suited for 4 prong and 6 prong settings. Other settings that complement half carat diamonds include bezel, tension, solitaire, and sidestone settings.
When it comes to Sidestone Engagement Rings, half carat diamonds are an excellent choice since the sidestones themselves are often very small, making the half carat diamond center stone appear to be much larger. Finger size should also be considered when choosing a center stone diamond and setting. Half carat diamonds tend to suit all finger sizes.
Half carat diamonds are the ideal choice for those seeking very high quality stones, like diamond colors D, E, F, G or H and diamond clarities Fl, IF, VVS1 or VVS2. Buying a half carat diamond of such qualities ensures buyers will get the highest value at an affordable cost without sacrificing too much with regard to diamond size. Half carat diamonds also fit incredibly well with Diamond Necklaces and pendants. The size of this diamond is a perfect match for extravagant diamond necklaces that feature multiple diamonds. Half carat diamonds are also an excellent option for solitaire Diamond Pendants.