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).

0.61 Carat Princess Shape Size on Hand

This article has a useful illustration that gives you the apparent size of a 0.61 carat weight princess shape stone, when viewed in place on the hand of a woman. While this picture will give you some concept of how large a diamond will seem when viewed on the female hand, remember that the size of the ring you choose or need could be quite different in size to that shown in this image.

The dimensions of a female hand can vary hugely - just look around you when you're next in public - so this picture can only provide the apparent diamond size for one particular ring size. Long slender fingers will affect how a diamond looks as much as the diamond's carat weight - so look beyond just considering the 0.61 carat weight of this princess diamond.

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Later after the diamond is purchased, it's likely you might be pleasantly surprised because the diamond appears larger on a woman's hand than you first thought, compared with when viewed by itself .