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).

1.67 Carat Actual Size

This 1.67 carat round diamond is 7.8 mm in diameter as shown in the illustration. You should be aware that image like this one are limited in what they can show - female hand sizes can vary hugely. Do not forget to take into account not just the overall size of your hand, but also whether you possess long and thin fingers or squatter ones.

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If you have been stressing about how expensive diamonds are but still really want one, here's something to cheer you up - the diamonds invariably look bigger once placed on a hand, especially if her hand is small and petite.

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