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 0.74 Carat Princess Shape Diamond Size on Hand

This page gives you some concept of how big a 0.74 carat weight princess shape stone will look when seen on the hand of a woman. If you search around on the web to find the actual size of a 0.74 carat weight princess shape diamond, you may notice the numbers will vary slightly - this is because the size (5.2 mm for this 0.74 carat diamond) can depend on the cut, not just the carat weight.

You'll become more knowledgeable looking at diamond sizes online such as this 0.74 carat weight princess shape diamond, but nothing beats seeing it in person. Think about the ratio between the width and length of a finger - this ratio can play an important role in how large and suitable a diamond looks when it's slipped in a ring onto the hand.

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There's no need to freak out if diamonds and the costs are making you worry - because the diamond will appear larger on her hand, you may not need to spend as much to get your desired effect.