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).

0.80 Carat Diamond Sizes on Hand

If you're thinking about how big a 0.80 carat diamond appears on a hand, take a look at this picture which provides a visual guide to this diamond's size. This 0.80 carat round diamond is 6.1 mm in diameter which you can see in the image.

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The ring shown in the image is a typical size 6 ring; of course, the ring you get could be much larger or smaller than this one. Be aware that image such as this one are just that - only illustrative - female hand sizes will vary quite a bit.

The ratio between the length of your ring finger and its width can play an important role in the final appearance of a diamond on your hand.

Look at the difference between the size of the woman's hand and the man's hand in the picture - you can see that the woman's hand is significantly smaller and more petite (which is usually the case), so the diamond appears larger on her hand than it would obviously on his hand.

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