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).

1.14 Carat Actual Size

This page provides an illustrated example of the actual size of a 1.14 carat diamond on an average woman's hand. This 1.14 carat diamond (round shape) is 6.8 mm in diameter which you can see in the picture. This picture is scaled to show a size L 1/2 ring (British and Australia), which is the same as a US size 6 .

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Your fingers could be significantly larger or smaller than the fingers shown in the image, which are quite thin - keep in mind yours probably look quite different. Also take into account the length and breadth of your fingers.

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