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).

0.43 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

This diamond is a VS1 clarity stone, which goes along with its color grading of F, which will give you a stone with defects that detract to a lesser degree from the overall appearance of the diamond.

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In the age of acorns, before the times of Ceres, a single barley-corn had been of more value to mankind than all the diamonds of the mines of India. Henry Brooke .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.43

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1090

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.0%

Table: 55.7%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 4.90*4.93*3.00

Item number: 1213078

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Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're looking to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. For a diamond, a cost of $1090 puts it in the cheapest set of diamonds, even more so for engagement rings. A Hearts & Arrows cut diamond has several noticeable shape patterns when viewed from a variety of perspectives. From on top, the diamond has an arrow-like pattern (this is the reason for the "arrow" description). From the side, the diamond displays a pattern of eight heart shapes (hence the name "hearts"). Make sure to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 0.43 carat weight of this diamond, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties might become available. This diamond's girdle is "Thin to slightly thick", which can have a impact on the size and sparkle of the diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle article.

To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears completely white and pure - there is no way to detect any color in the diamond utilizing only the naked eye without nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range.