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 1.32 Carat Diamond

If you're wondering how big a 1.32 carat diamond looks on a hand, take a look at this picture to give you an approximate idea. This 1.32 carat diamond (round shape) has a diameter of about 7.2 mm which you can see in the image. It is good to be cautious when looking at a picture - a picture alone won't be completely representative of all finger and hand types - you are best off getting an idea in store by trying on actual rings with your partner. The apparent size of the diamond and ring will vary depending on whether you have thick or thin digits, and also depends on the length of your fingers. Look at the difference between the size of the woman's hand and the man's hand in the image - you can see that the woman's hand is significantly smaller and more delicate (which is usually the case), so the diamond appears larger on her hand than it would appear to be on his.

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