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 1.11 Carat Diamond Size on Hand

If you're wondering how large a 1.11 carat diamond looks on a hand, take a look at this picture to give you an approximate idea. This 1.11 carat diamond (round shape) is 6.8 mm in diameter which you can see in the image. The ring pictured is a typical size 6 ring, but bear in mind the ring you get could be significantly larger or smaller. It is good to be cautious when looking at a picture - a picture alone won't be entirely representative of every finger and hand type - you're best off getting an idea in store by trying on actual rings with your partner.

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The apparent size of the diamond and ring will vary depending on whether you have thin or thick fingers, and also depends on their length.

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