Measuring Diamond's Average Girdle Diameter

Updated: May 4

This is a quick "How To" Diamond blog, part of a series of articles that will help you become better at measuring and estimating carat in Diamonds. This method works great for loose or mounted diamonds. (Bezel setting might be tricky)


You will need:

  • A Round Diamond or Gemstone to measure

  • Tweezers (for loose diamonds)

  • Millimetre Gauge (Check my recommendations at bottom of the page)

  • Pen and Paper for Notes

  • Calculator or your mobile phone


To determine a round brilliant’s average girdle diameter, you have to measure it from one edge of the girdle directly across to the opposite edge.


Diamonds and Gemstones are always measured in millimetres, so use a millimetre gauge for accurate measurements.


As you probably will see, no gem is perfectly round, so take several diameter measurements. I normally take four.


 

The Two measurements Method


Add the smallest and largest diameters and then average them by dividing the result by two.


For example: if the minimum girdle diameter is 4.58mm and the maximum is 4.63mm, then

Average Girdle Diameter = (4.58 + 4.63) ÷ 2

= 9.21 ÷ 2

= 4.605mm





When using the average girdle diameter to calculate a diamond’s proportions, use the result to the thousandths place.


 

The Four measurements Method:


If the first measurement is 4.58mm, the second is 4.59, the third is 4.63 and the fourth is 4.60, then


Average Girdle Diameter =

(4.58 + 4.59 + 4.63 + 4.60) ÷ 4

= 18.4 ÷ 4

= 4.6mm



The more measurements you take the more accurate the calculation is



 

Here are my recommendations on Tools for measuring Diamonds and Gemstones




My Absolute Favourite is the Presidium Gem Computer Gauge. I can't tell you enough how amazing this tool is, it's top quality.

This pocket computer can do outstanding calculations in a fracture of a second. You can calculate a carat of a Gemstone from the list, using the Specific gravity of the pre-installed Gems, you can also add your own lists. It also comes with a PC software


Maybe for the more serious Gem enthusiasts as it comes at a cost of SDG $449 (Approx. GBP £259 – EUR€308 – USD $324 – Currency date 04/05/2022)

Presidium Website LINK TO PRODUCT


This is a tool that you only buy once in your career.


 

The other Gauge is more affordable, you can pick them up from ebay at under £10.00