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).

Actual 0.97 Carat Diamond Size on Hand

This 0.97 diamond will appear about the size indicated in the picture, on an average-sized woman's fingers. You can use the 6.5 mm mean width of this 0.97 carat diamond by measuring the size of your finger to get an idea at home of how big the diamond would appear. This image displays a size L 1/2 ring (Britain and other countries ), which is the same as a US size 6 . Be aware that image such as this one are limited in what they can show - women's hand sizes will vary quite a bit. You also have to take into account the width and overall length of your fingers.

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The "first impressions" size of the diamond is influenced by what it is shown against - the hand - a tiny hand will make the diamond appear significantly larger, with the reverse applying as well.

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