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 Carats on Offer Tonight - 0.50 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This diamond has an interesting coupling of a quite good color rating of G, combined with a sometimes shaky SI1 clarity rating, putting the onus on you to examine the photo to check for inclusions.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.5

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $1220

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 60.8%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.13*5.16*3.13

Item number: 1338398

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The SI clarity group of diamonds (which this SI1 clarity diamond is part of) is the happy hunting ground for diamond bargain hunters. Try and find a diamond that is "clean" to the naked eye, either by going over the diamond in person, or by looking at an online high resolution photo showing the stone. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. For more information on the "Thin to medium" girdle of this diamond, check out the article about girdles.

A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but do not wish to waste it, this is a great color range to do your searching within. Spending only $1220 on the diamond, you will be able to save more money to use for other expenses such as the wedding. By reducing the size of this stone (0.50 carats), it's possible you might save a few dollars that will go towards other expenses.