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).

Diamond Size on Hand of a 2.09 Carat Diamond

If you are wondering how big a diamond with a 2.09 carat weight looks on a hand, take a look at this picture which provides a visual guide to this diamond's size. The ring pictured is an average-sized size 6 ring; of course, the ring you get could be much larger or smaller than this one. Your fingers may be significantly larger or smaller than the ones shown in the illustration, which are quite thin - be sure to keep this in mind when you're looking at the picture. The ratio between your ring finger's length and the width of your finger will play a pivotal role in the final appearance of a diamond on your hand.

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The "first impressions" size of a diamond depends heavily on what it is shown against - her hand - a petite hand will cause the diamond to appear significantly larger, with the reverse applying as well.

Go searching for diamonds this size at James Allen by clicking on the banner below and dragging the carat slider to the appropriate setting:

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