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).

What Does a 0.56 Carat, Princess Shape Diamond Look Like on a Hand?

When searching on the web for princess shape diamond sizes, you may notice the numbers will vary slightly - this is because the size (4.9 mm for this particular diamond) can depend on the cut, not just the carat weight. This picture will no doubt give you some concept of how big a diamond will appear viewed on the female hand, remember that the ring size you choose or need could be quite different in size to that shown in this image. The size of a female hand vary a lot between women - just look around you when you're next in public - so this picture can only provide the apparent diamond size for one particular ring size.

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Think about the ratio between the length and width of your finger - this ratio will affect how massive and suitable a diamond looks when it is finally placed on the finger. Diamonds almost always look larger when you move them onto a woman's hand - so try to get a female shop assistant to put one on rather than putting it on your hand, which is probably much larger.