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).

1.98 Carat Diamond Sizes on Hand

If you're wondering how big a diamond with a 1.98 carat weight looks when worn, take a look at this picture to give you an approximate idea. The picture shows a ring which is US size six; this is equivalent to an L 1/2 size in places like Australia and Britain, and is an average ring size. Do not forget to take into account not just the overall size of your hand, but in addition whether you possess long and thin digits or short and pudgy ones. If you have been stressing about the cost of diamonds but still really want one, here is something to cheer you up - the diamonds invariably appear bigger once placed on the woman's hand, especially if her hand is on the smaller side.

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