A big, shiny
diamond is enough to make for a bright New Year, but clarity and width aren’t
the most important measures of a stone’s worth. When you are assessing
the value of your jewelry near Rockville, Md., start with a review of
basic characteristics. Carat is a term that describes the weight of a
stone, and a diamond with a greater carat weight is more valuable. The
value of one carat has varied through the years, but the international
standard set in 1913 is 200 milligrams. While that equals ⅕ of a gram,
many times jewelers list carats in ¼ increments.
Pieces with multiple diamonds are categorized by total carat weight, denoted
by a TW. This number is derived by adding the weight of each diamond together.
Because large, heavy stones are so rare, price increases dramatically
with greater size. One 2-carat diamond will take a much greater toll on
your pocketbook, compared with buying two 1-carat diamonds.
If you are curious about your family heirloom gem’s worth, contact
the Coins of the Realm jewelry division, Anthony’s Jewelers, today
at (301) 340-1640. You might discover that your gold and silver, or a
sparkling gem, is a precious valuable.