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 Diamond Sizes of a 0.83 Carat Diamond

The picture shown on this page displays the actual diamond size against a hand of a 0.83 carat diamond for a typical woman's hand size. This 0.83 carat round diamond is 6.1 mm in diameter which you can see in the picture.

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This image displays a size L 1/2 ring (Britain and other countries ), which is equivalent to a US size six . A person's fingers may be quite a bit thicker or thinner than the fingers shown in the illustration, which are on the slim side - be sure to keep this in mind when you're looking at the picture.

If you have been stressing about how expensive diamonds are but still really want one, here is one piece of good news - the diamonds often look bigger once put on the hand, especially in cases where 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