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 1.43 Carat Diamond

This article provides an illustrated example presenting the real size of a 1.43 carat diamond on an average woman's hand. The ring pictured is an average-sized size six ring; of course, the ring you get could be much larger or smaller than this one. The visual size of the diamond and ring can be affected by whether you have thick or thin digits, as well as by the length of your fingers. The apparent size of a diamond is influenced by what it is shown against - her hand - a petite hand will cause the diamond to appear significantly larger, with the reverse applying as well.

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