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).

1.46 Carat Diamond Actual Size

This article provides a photo example of the real size of a 1.46 carat diamond on an average woman's hand. This photo is scaled to show a size L 1/2 ring (British and Australia), which is equivalent to a US size 6 . The hand of the woman shown in the picture has long and thin fingers - your fingers may or may not be similar - if your fingers are differently shaped, bear in mind that a diamond engagement ring may look quite different when worn. The ratio of the length of your ring finger and the width of your finger can play a pivotal role in the final appearance of a diamond on your hand.

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Don't make the mistake I made of looking at a potential diamond engagement ring placed on my own, large male finger - remember that it is going to go on a generally smaller and more petite female hand, where it will likely not shrink quite as much as when placed on a male hand.

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