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 Size of a 0.97 Carat Princess Shape Diamond

If you search around on the web to find the actual size of a 0.97 carat weight princess shape diamond, you may notice the numbers are slightly different across different sites - this is due to the fact that the size (5.5 mm for this 0.97 carat diamond) depends on things like cut as well. If you have got a ring around the house and you know what it's size is, use it to compare with the US size 6 ring shown in the image on this page - this will assist you in getting a concrete idea of the diamond size shown in the photo.

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Fingers that are long and slender will affect how a diamond appears as much as the diamond's carat weight - so consider other factors as well as the 0.97 carat weight of this princess stone. Diamonds are often magically "bigger" when you place them on a woman's hand - so try to ask a female shop assistant to put one on instead of putting it on your hand, which is probably much larger.