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).

$7870 Gets You This 1.00 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The price for this G color-graded stone will be between the pure white rangediamonds and the budget I and J color diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.0

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $7870

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.3%

Table: 55.5%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.43*6.48*3.96

Item number: 1351284

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If you are buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is basically the lowestclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects. Take note of this diamond's girdle description - "Thin to medium" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses. A Hearts & Arrows cut diamond has several distinct patterns when viewed from a variety of perspectives. From the top, the diamond displays an arrow-like pattern (this is the reason for the "arrow" description). Viewing from side, the diamond shows a pattern of 8 heart shapes (hence the name "hearts"). The G color of this diamond provides great value, as it isn't a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F. Put this 1.00 carat weight in the right reference frame as you consider your buying choices - there are going to be other diamonds of about the same size which may offer more in terms of their cost and characteristics.

In analyzing the $7870 price for this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.