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 Size of 0.59 Carat Princess Shape Diamond

This picture will no doubt give you some concept of how large a diamond will appear viewed on the hand, remember that the ring size you pick or need may be significantly larger or smaller than the size 6 in the picture. You'll become more knowledgeable looking at diamond sizes online such as this 0.59 carat weight princess shape diamond, but nothing beats seeing it in person. Long slender fingers will affect how a diamond appears as much as the carat size of the diamond - so look beyond just considering the 0.59 carat weight of this princess stone.

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Don't stress if diamonds and the dollars involved are getting you down - because the diamond will appear larger on her hand, the diamond size you need may be smaller than you think.