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).

1.10 Carat Diamond Actual Size

This 1.10 diamond will look about the size shown in the photo, for an average-sized woman's finger. You can use the 6.7 mm mean width of a 1.10 carat diamond by measuring the length and width of your own finger to get an appreciation of what a diamond of this size will look like on your finger. The ring pictured is a typical size six ring, but bear in mind the ring you get could be significantly larger or smaller. Be aware that image such as this one are limited in what they can show - women's hand sizes will vary quite a bit. Don't forget to take into account not just the overall size of your hand, but also whether you possess long and slim fingers or squatter ones.

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