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).

0.96 Carat Princess Shape Diamond Actual Size

This page gives you an idea of how big a 0.96 carat weight princess shape stone will appear when seen on a typical hand of a woman. A princess shape diamond with a carat weight of 0.96 is typically about 5.4 mm long on a side, although this can depend on the depth of the cut. While this picture will give you an approximate idea of how massive a diamond will seem when viewed on the hand, remember that the size of the ring you choose or need could be quite different in size to that shown in this image.

You'll become more knowledgeable looking at diamond sizes online such as this 0.96 carat weight princess shape diamond, but nothing beats seeing it in person.

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Fingers can vary in terms of their apparent width and breadth, which should factor in to your decision about what shape and size of diamond to get. 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 .