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).

0.88 Carat Actual Size

You can use the 6.3 mm mean diameter for this 0.88 carat diamond by measuring the size of your 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; of course, the ring you get could be much larger or smaller than this one. The hand of the woman pictured has quite long and slender fingers - your fingers may or may not be similar - if your fingers are differently shaped, be aware that the ring you buy may look quite different when worn. You also have to take into account the width and overall length of your fingers.

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