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).

Small Princess Shape Diamond Sizes On The Hand

Small diamonds are a good choice for people who are on a tight budget but really want to get a diamond. The benefits are of course that as diamonds get smaller in carat weight, their diamond size doesn't drop off quite as much. So you get more "bang for your buck" so to speak.

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So take a look through the list below and start clicking - see how the size looks to you, then click the back button on your browser and try another!