Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

Pink Diamond Rings

A pink diamond ring is a little different to the traditional yellow gold solitaire ring. But don’t be put off – many celebrities have embraced the pink diamond concept such as Mariah Carey!

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So about the color first – pink is traditionally a very feminine color. Think about what many hospitals dress newborn babies in – the boys get dressed in blue, and the girls get dressed in pink! It’s also a ‘pretty’ color, although I do know a few people who think that the wrong shade of pink is a disgusting. No such worries with a pink diamond however.

Pink diamonds that occur naturally are rare and more expensive. When you shop for one you’ll want to pick one that’s been irradiated – which makes sure the color sticks around and isn’t temporary. Some of the cheaper pink diamonds you’ll see have probably been color coated, which is no guarantee of color longevity.

They’re generally going be more expensive than ‘normal’ white diamonds. A cheaper option is a pink sapphire, which is something you want to consider if your budget doesn’t stretch to get you an acceptable pink diamond. Pink sapphires are also natural.

So when you go searching, you can use a lot of the generic advice on buying diamond rings – consider the four Cs – color, clarity, cut and carats. Good luck!