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).

0.30 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

SI1 diamonds such as this one are bargain opportunties, assuming the diamond looks good without magnification.

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This diamond's girdle is "Thin to slightly thick", which plays a impact on the size and sparkle of a diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle page. With regards to cut alone, a Hearts and Arrows cut diamond is as close to a perfect diamond as you can get. This very rare of diamond cuts is offered to the buyer who is following a special interest in getting the best cut diamond, and as a result the visual appearance of the diamond due to its excellent light catching qualities.

By using only $500 on the diamond, one can save more money to put towards other costs such as the wedding. If you can view the diamond in person or examine high quality photos of the diamond (like the one for this SI1 clarity diamond), this is where the most valuable deals are to be found - identifying an SI1 or SI2 stone that is "eye clean" is a satisfying experience that translates to less dollars spent.

An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important). By decreasing the carat weight of this stone (0.30 carats), you may be able to save a substantial amount of money which can go towards other costs.

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

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.3

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $500

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 54.5%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 4.31*4.34*2.69

Item number: 1247461

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