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).

Choosing a Ring Metal

Often in all the excitement and stress of choosing a diamond for an engagement ring, the ring metal type is decided without a lot of thought. There are quite a few choices, as described here.

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Yellow Gold

Pure gold is "24K". However, most engagement ring settings used gold that is somewhere between 9K and 18K. The lower the number, the more other metals are in the ring. This may sound bad, but it's a good thing - these other metals serve to make the ring stronger and less likely to scratch or dent over the many years it'll be on someone's finger. Yellow gold is great when combined with diamonds that have a low colour grade of say J or below, as it makes the colour less noticeable.

I've picked a couple of nice examples of yellow gold rings on the left - click on them to get a closer look.

White Gold

White gold is normal gold alloyed with a white metal. It's usually about the same price as yellow gold, and many retailers or online sellers will only display a ring setting in one type of gold with the understanding that they can easily do it with the other type if needed. White gold may contain nickel however, which can be an allergy problem for some people (who may not realise until they wear the ring - check it first!).

I've picked a couple of nice examples of white gold rings on the left - click on them to get a closer look.


Platinum is white in appearance (looks closer to white gold than yellow gold) and quite expensive. It's very strong and resistant to daily wear and tear. Even on yellow gold rings, platinum is often the metal that the prongs which hold the diamond are made out of.

I've picked a couple of nice examples of platinum rings on the left - click on them to get a closer look.


Sterling silver is a bit over 90% silver with the rest being made up of other metals such as copper. You don't get pure silver rings because it's way too soft and won't last. It's usually cheaper than the other metals, but may show wear more obviously and possibly has the nickel allergy problem mentioned for white gold.

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Princess Solitaire Ring