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).

1.17 Carat Diamond Size on Hand

The picture shown here displays the actual diamond size on a hand for a 1.17 carat diamond for a typical woman's hand size. A typical round stone with a 1.17 carat weight has a diameter of 6.9 mm, although this can vary slightly if the cut is shallow or deep.

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The ring pictured is a typical size 6 ring, but bear in mind the ring you get could be significantly larger or smaller. Do not forget to take into account not just the overall size of your hand, but in addition whether you have long and thin digits or squatter ones.

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