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).

0.58 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This VS1 clarity diamond offers a bit of an improvement in clarity over a VS2 clarity diamond - the higher rating is given when there are fewer or smaller inclusions, or because the location of the inclusion is less degrading to the presentation of the diamond (hidden).

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.57

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $2150

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 60.7%

Table: 56.3%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 5.43*5.45*3.30

Item number: 1307870

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The Girdle Thickness for this diamond is "Thin to medium" - I suggest consulting my piece on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can be important. If you look at this 0.57 carat stone and think to yourself, "that stone is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties such as clarity so you can get for a bigger diamond. If you're a careful online purchaser, 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. The Hearts & Arrows cut of this diamond places it in the top 1% of diamonds on the marketplace today in terms of cut grading. This cut is the top cut offered by James Allen and guarantees the highest diamond brilliance. This diamond's $2150 cost is a substantial investment for most people, but it does lead to a nicer and bigger stone compared to if you were to only spend a few hundred dollars.

F color diamonds are pretty much colorless - they are included in the pure white diamond range.