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).

0.26 Carat Diamond Actual Size

The illustration displayed on this page presents the actual diamond size against a hand for a 0.26 carat diamond for a typical woman's hand size. This 0.26 carat round diamond is 4.1 mm in diameter as shown in the image. The ring pictured is a typical size 6 ring, but bear in mind the ring you get could be significantly larger or smaller. Your fingers may be significantly larger or smaller than the ones shown in the image, which are quite thin - keep in mind yours probably look quite different. Also take into account the width and overall length of your fingers.

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If you have been stressed about the cost of diamonds but still really want one, here is one piece of good news - the diamonds invariably look bigger once placed on the hand, especially in cases where her hand is on the smaller side.

Go searching for diamonds this size at James Allen by clicking on the banner below and dragging the carat slider to the appropriate setting:

Actual Diamond Photos from JamesAllen