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 0.76 Carat Princess Shape Diamond

This page provides you with some concept of how large a 0.76 carat size princess shape stone will appear when seen on the hand of a woman. In order to provide you more of an idea of what the picture is showing, the ring shown 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.

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Consider the ratio between the width and length of a finger - this ratio will affect how big and suitable a diamond looks when it's slipped in a ring onto the hand. Later after the diamond is purchased, it's likely you may be pleasantly surprised because the diamond appears larger on a woman's hand than you first thought, compared with when seen in isolation.