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).

0.82 Carat Diamond Sizes on Hand

If you are wondering how large a 0.82 carat diamond looks on a hand, here's a picture to give you an approximate idea. Try to use the 6.1 mm mean width of this 0.82 carat stone by measuring the length and width of your own finger in order to get an idea at home of how big the diamond would appear. The ring shown in the image is a typical size 6 ring, but bear in mind the ring you get could be significantly larger or smaller. A person's fingers could be significantly larger or smaller than the ones of the woman in the picture, which are quite thin - be sure to keep this in mind when you're looking at the picture. You also have to take into account the length and breadth of your fingers.

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The "first impressions" size of the diamond is influenced by what it is shown against - her hand - a tiny hand will cause the diamond to appear significantly larger, with the reverse applying as well.

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

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