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).

1.44 Carat Actual Size

This article provides an illustrated example presenting the actual size of a 1.44 carat diamond on an average woman's hand. This 1.44 carat diamond (round shape) is 7.4 mm in diameter which you can see in the illustration.

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The ring pictured is an average-sized size six ring, but bear in mind the ring you get could be significantly larger or smaller. Be aware that image like this one are just that - only illustrative - female hand sizes will vary quite a bit.

The visual size of the diamond and ring will vary depending on whether you have thin or thick digits, and also depends on their length.

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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