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).

2.97 Carat Diamonds

Each carat in a 2.97 carat diamond is equivalent to 297 points, so a 2.97 carat diamond is the same as a 297 point diamond.

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A diamond that is sized at 2.97 carats is usually roughly 9.42 mm in the width dimension. Carat size does not equate exactly to a certain width of diamond, because the diamond may be short and fat, or tall and lanky, meaning 2.97 carats of diamond will not always be synonymous with 9.42 mm of diamond.

The cost per carat value is a numerical number that provides you with a sense of how much the diamond is worth compared to other diamonds of similar properties. Can you tell the difference between a 0.49 and a half carat diamond? Didn't think so. But there can often be quite a significant price difference - so use this fact to your advantage.

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There are hundreds of thousands of diamonds available online, which can be quite a daunting prospect if you're trying to narrow your choices down. One tip is to add another property of the diamond to the phrase that you're entering into your web browser - you could enter vs1 clarity alongside 2.97 carat diamonds.

Many men when shopping for a diamond engagement ring will look at how big the diamond looks in comparison to their own hand, when they really should be looking at how big the diamond looks in comparison to a female shop assistant's hand who has a hand similar in size to their prospective fiance. Ruby and sapphire are two gemstones which are significantly denser than diamond, which is why a one carat ruby or sapphire will generally looks smaller than a one carat diamond, if you've ever been confused in a store.

A major rookie mistake in buying a diamond ring is to get the total diamond weight (tdw) and the weight of the centre diamond mixed up - make sure you don't make this mistake.

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Carat size is only one that property out of a number that you should be considering. You should also consider a diamond other properties such as cut, because this will have a drastic effect on how well the diamond sparkles.

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