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).

0.56 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

If you decide to pay the extra money for qualities in a diamond like this one - the G color and VS1 clarity - don't let yourself down by choosing poorly with regards to the diamond's cut grading.

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This diamond's pricetag of $1720 puts it firmly in the cheapest group of stones which might be used in an engagement ring setting. Put this 0.56 carat weight in the right reference frame as you weigh up your purchasing choices - there are for sure other stones of about the same size which could provide more with regards to their price and properties.

If you are buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of picking up a diamond with visible inclusions. Do not neglect diamond characteristics beside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons discussed in my girdle thickness article. With regards to cut alone, a Hearts and Arrows cut diamond is as close to perfection as you can hope for. This very rare of diamond cuts is offered to the consumer who is following a special interest in getting the best cut diamond, and consequently the visual appearance of the diamond resulting from its superior light retention qualities. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the lowest normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between money considerations and quality, enabling one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.56

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1720

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 5.30*5.34*3.29

Item number: 1262695

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