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 G Color SI1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond -

Some buyers with a low budget will most likely be playing in the J color SI1 range, this G color SI1 clarity diamond offers a touch of quality.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.57

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $1290

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.6%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 5.23*5.30*3.35

Item number: 1343982

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If you are not certain from the photo of this SI1 clarity diamond whether the diamond is eye-clean, try contacting a James Allen representative and requesting them to specially analyse the diamond and get back to you - they will give you an honest response. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you have got some money but don't wish to waste it, this is a great color range to look in.

For a diamond, a cost of $1290 puts it in the lowest price group of diamonds, especially in the context of engagement rings.

Pay attention to this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Slightly thick to thick" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, try reading my girdle thickness article.

If you eyeball this 0.57 carat stone and think to yourself, "that diamond is too small", consider whether you can compromise by reducing other properties such as clarity in order to go for a bigger diamond.

The cut rating of this diamond (Premium) has it right inbetween quality of cut and diamond pricing considerations.