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).

$7940 Gets One This 1.29 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H Color diamond is less pricey when compared with higher color rated diamonds due to a number of reasons, first and foremost because it is not as uncommon and hence doesn't attract the super expensive price tag.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.29

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7940

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.3%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.01*7.04*4.31

Item number: 1333494

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The Girdle Thickness for this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted" - you can consult my article on girdle thickness if you want to find out more concerning how girdle thickness can play an important role. For $7940, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this diamond. The cut property for this diamond (Premium) means it sits smack bang in the middle of the road between cut quality and diamond pricing considerations.

The H color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, since it isn't one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity grading for buying online without a photo - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to assess the inclusions for yourself.

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind. William R. Alger .