When evaluating jewelry how does one determine the carat weight of a gemstone included in a particular piece without dismantling it gem by gem?

# Gem weight in ready made jewelry

I have a simple tool that I use when Iâ€™m in the field that has just about every stone shape and size that gives me the approximate carat weight of a stone. These tools are pretty accurate on modern cut stones. Other than that you would measure the stone and just do the simple math of the stones cut. It all depends on the cut of the stone. I donâ€™t have the variations on hand at this moment. They are easily found.

Otter

Hello IMDone,

If you know the identity of the gemstone and the type of cut, and if you can measure its dimensions, you can use some formulas to estimate its carat weight. Youâ€™ll need to look up the specific gravity of the gemstone.

Here is an article that explains the procedure.

Hope this helps,

Pedro

IGS Admin

So in short you can calculate the carat weight of an oval citrine by multiplying the volume times the SG times .002?

I donâ€™t think â€śdiameter x diameter x depth,â€ť where the diameter is the average of the diagonal, length, and width, equals the volume of an oval â€śellipsoid.â€ť (But Iâ€™m not sure about that). Otherwise, the formula is diameter x diameter x depth x SG of citrine x .002.

See this is the sort of stuff they should be teaching in high school and how to do your taxes. Its absolutely pointless to calculate the speed and destination arrival times of trains when you consider that weâ€™re at the mercy of the conductor and his own schedule which is more often than not a completely different schedule than the one suggested by the rail line. Jewels and taxes, thatâ€™s where itâ€™s at. Now where did I put that Geometry for Dummies book? Thanks for the input men. The formula works. Youâ€™re an asset to the field, Much appreciated

Do you know of any phone apps that might help me in the field?

As far as phone appsâ€¦Iâ€™m tech lost! I do not believe there is one but if there is I would love to know also. I have been using my templates and doing the calculations and coming pretty close in the field. knowing the SG of your stones will be a great help in this. Zircon would be the on stone that can throw you off due to its popularity and SG.

All the best,

Otter