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 2.83 Carat Diamond

If you're thinking about how big a 2.83 carat diamond appears when worn, here's a picture which provides a visual guide to this diamond's size. The ring shown in the picture is a US size 6, which is the same as an L 1/2 ring size in countries such as Britain and Australia.

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It is good to be cautious when looking at a picture - it can't be completely representative of all finger and hand types - you're best off getting an idea in store with an actual ring. The ratio between the length of your ring finger and the width of your finger will play a pivotal role in the final appearance of a diamond on your hand. If you've been stressing about how expensive diamonds are but are still really set on getting one, here is something to cheer you up - the diamonds often look bigger once placed on the woman's hand, especially if her hand is small and petite.

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