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).

0.29 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The combination of G color and VS1 clarity means this diamond a very nice option for the careful shopper.

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We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. Anton Chekhov .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.28

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $500

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.26*4.29*2.67

Item number: 1347898

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Several diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the overall shape. This G color diamond is less colored than the lowest normal color gradings of J and below; it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, enabling you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. By using only $500 on the diamond, one will be able to save more money to use for other costs, for example a wedding reception. Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are looking to save some money, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. By decreasing the carat weight of this stone (0.28 carats), you may be able to save a substantial amount of money which can go towards other costs.

This diamond's girdle is "Medium to slightly thick", which plays a impact on the size and sparkle of a diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle page.