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 VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond -

Why bother spending the extra money for a colorless diamond, when you can so easily change to a G color, VS1 clarity diamond and put the extra money saved towards the honeymoon.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.57

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1740

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.43*5.32*3.24

Item number: 1302354

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This diamond's pricetag of $1740 puts it firmly a member of the least expensive group of diamonds that might be used in an engagement ring setting. Since this stone is a Premium cut diamond, it offers fantastic value for money, not attracting the price tag added to the higher cut gradings, while still providing decent optical performance. The carat weight of this diamond is 0.57 carats - but make sure you look for the other diamonds for sale with that same 0.57 weight which might have a more desirable combination of properties and price.

If you are a careful online purchaser, this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my article on diamond girdles if you want to find out more about how girdle thickness can be important.

Most consumers won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring).