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).

0.55 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Combining G color and VS1 clarity makes a diamond like this one is a very nice option for a discerning shopper.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.55

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1890

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.25*5.28*3.27

Item number: 1337685

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Many different diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the case here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape. Spending only $1890 on the diamond, one will be able to save more money to put towards other expenses such as the wedding.

Usually VS1 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating for purchasing online without a photo - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a high quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself. The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick" - you can consult my article on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can be important. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some money but do not wish to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to look in. Through reducing the size of this stone (0.55 carats), you may be able to save a substantial amount of money that can go towards other expenses.