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).

$12130 Gets One This 1.29 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This F incolor VS1 clarity diamond is a little more pricey than an equivalent VS2, F color stone because it has an increased clarity quality.

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The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. If you look at this 1.29 carat stone and think to yourself, "that stone is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by lowering another property such as clarity in order to go for a larger diamond. Weighing up the $12130 price for this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

F color diamonds are pretty much colorless, meaning they are included in the pure white diamond range.

This diamond has a girdle described as "Medium", which plays a role in the shine and apparently width of a diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article. Despite the fact this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're looking to save some money, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

Love isn’t perfect. Even diamonds start as coal. Brandon Boyd .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.29

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $12130

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.3%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 7.05*7.08*4.26

Item number: 1312057

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