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).

1.47 Carat Size on Hand

This page provides an illustrated example of the real size of a 1.47 carat diamond on an average woman's hand. A typical round diamond with a 1.47 carat size has a width of 7.4 mm, although this can vary slightly if the cut is shallow or deep.

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A person's fingers may be quite a bit thicker or thinner than the ones shown in the photo, which are on the slim side - be sure to keep this in mind when you're looking at the picture.

Do not forget to consider not just the size of your hand as a whole, but in addition if you have long and thin fingers or squatter ones.

If you have been stressed about the cost of diamonds but still really want one, here's something to cheer you up - the diamonds invariably appear bigger when put on a woman's hand, especially in cases where her hand is on the smaller side.

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