Why do we give diamonds as gifts? The strength and luster of the diamond symbolizes pricelessness and value. Fiancés give diamond rings to their better halves to make them feel loved and special, daughters are gifted diamonds by their fathers to show them affection, and husbands give them to their wives as a sign of respect and as a symbol of the strength of their relationship.
Check out our Where to Buy Diamonds article for information on acquiring a diamond gift.
A diamond’s weight is measured in what is known as a ‘carat’, which is a small unit of measurement equal to 200 milligrams. Carat is not a measure of a diamond’s size, since cutting a diamond to different proportions can affect its weight. Here is a diagram that shows the relative size of various carat weights in a diamond that is cut to the same proportions:
Note: the diamonds illustrated are shown ACTUAL SIZE.