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).

The Budget Sized Princess Shape Diamond Sizes On The Hand

This range of sizes are quite decent diamonds, and will look like a solid size on most hands, except perhaps the very largest (think female basketball players etc.) The cost starts to creep up a little with these larger sizes, although like with other things, it will also be affected by a whole host of other factors such as clarity, color, cut and so on.

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Check out the various sized diamonds using the links below, and don't forget you can always click "back" in your browser and check out a different size.