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 Sizes of a 0.69 Carat Princess Shape Diamond

This page provides you with some concept of how big a 0.69 carat weight princess shape diamond will appear when viewed on the female hand. In order to provide you more of an idea of what's in this image, the ring pictured is a size six in the US sizing system, which is the same as an L 1/2 ring size in places like Australia or Britain. As you look to get an idea of how large this 0.69 carat weight princess shape diamond will appear on your or your woman's hand, remember that nothing beats seeing it in person.

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Don't stress if diamonds and the costs are getting you down; since a diamond will most likely appear bigger on a woman's hand, the diamond size you need may be smaller than you think.