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).

0.50 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Is it really worth throwing money at a "pure" white diamond in the colorless range, when you can step a little outside to this G color such as this VS1 clarity stone and save some serious dollars.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.5

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1720

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.16*5.12*3.17

Item number: 1336236

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The G color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, as it isn't a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F. If you eyeball this 0.50 carat stone and immediately say, "that diamond is too small", think about whether you can compromise by reducing another property such as clarity in order to get for a larger diamond. For any diamond, a cost of $1720 really places it in the cheapest set of diamonds, especially in the context of engagement rings. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness.

The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Thin to medium" - you can consult my piece on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can be important. If you are a cautious online buyer, then this VS1 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.

Diamonds are forever. E-mail comes close. June Kronholz .