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).

2.46 Carat Diamond Actual Size

The photo displayed here presents the real diamond size against a hand for a 2.46 carat diamond for a typical woman's hand size. This 2.46 carat round diamond has a diameter of about 8.8 mm as shown in the illustration. The ring pictured is a typical size 6 ring, but bear in mind the ring you get could be significantly larger or smaller.

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You should be aware that photo such as this one are limited in what they can show - female hand sizes can vary hugely.

If you have been stressing about how expensive diamonds are but still really want one, here's one piece of good news - the diamonds invariably look bigger when placed on a woman's hand, especially if 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