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).

Princess Shape, 0.89 Carat Diamond Size on Hand

The image shown on this webpage shows the approximate width of a 0.89 carat size princess shape diamond on the hand of a woman. Fingers can be all different sizes, which should influence your decision regarding diamond size and shape. Later after the diamond is purchased, it's likely you may be pleasantly surprised by how much larger the diamond appears on the female hand, than when viewed by itself .

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