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 1.38 Carat Diamond Size on Hand

The image shown here presents the actual diamond size on a hand of a 1.38 carat diamond for a typical woman's hand size. The ring pictured is an average-sized size 6 ring; of course, the ring you get could be much larger or smaller than this one. A person's fingers may be quite a bit thicker or thinner than the fingers of the woman in the image, which are on the slim side - be sure to keep this in mind when you're looking at the picture. The apparent size of the diamond and ring can be affected by whether you have thick or thin digits, and also depends on the length of your fingers.

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Look at the difference between the size of the woman's hand and the man's hand in the photo - it's obvious that the woman's hand is significantly smaller and more delicate (which is typical), so the diamond looks to be larger on her hand than it would obviously on his hand.

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