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).

0.54 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The F color rating for this diamond is suitably complemented by the high clarity grading of VS1; this means it has either fewer inclusions or rather, somewhat smaller in size inclusions than a VS2 diamond.

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The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. This diamond's pricetag of $1820 puts it firmly a member of the cheapest group of stones which are considered for an engagement ring setting. If you are looking at this diamond and considering whether to improve other characteristics of the diamond not related to size, you may wish to reduce the 0.54 carat size of this diamond. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless - they are part of the pure white diamond range. This diamond has a girdle described as "Thin to slightly thick", which plays a role in the shine and apparently width of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article.

If you are a cautious online buyer, then this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.54

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1820

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.19*5.24*3.25

Item number: 1290185

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