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 on Hand of a 1.28 Carat Diamond

The image displayed on this page displays the real diamond size on a hand of a 1.28 carat diamond for a typical woman's hand size. The ring pictured is a typical size 6 ring, but bear in mind the ring you get could be significantly larger or smaller. Be careful of reading too much into just a picture - a picture alone won't be completely representative of all finger and hand types - you're best advised to get a bit of an idea in store with an actual ring. You also have to take into account the length and breadth of your fingers. If you have been stressed about how expensive diamonds are but still really want one, here is something to cheer you up - the diamonds often appear bigger when put on the hand, especially if her hand is on the smaller side.

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Actual Diamond Photos from JamesAllen