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).

$1700 Gets You This 0.53 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The combination of G color and VS1 clarity means this diamond a high quality choice for a careful shopper.

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This diamond's ticket price of $1700 means it is firmly in the least expensive group of stones that might be used in an engagement ring setting. The size of this diamond is 0.53 carats - be sure to check out the other diamonds for sale with a similar 0.53 weight which may have a better combinations of properties and price. A G color diamond like this one is a good option balancing extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but do not want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to do your searching within. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to medium" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions that might or might not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but are almost never visible using just the naked eye - but it can happen on the odd occasion.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.53

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1700

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.18*5.22*3.25

Item number: 1292869

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