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).

0.60 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal 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 save some serious dollars.

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A G color diamond like this one is a good option balancing white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but don't wish to waste it, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within. At a cost of $2190, this diamond sits smack-bang within the middle range of stones bought for diamond engagement ring settings. Through decreasing the carat size of this diamond (0.60 carats), it's possible you might save a few dollars that will go towards other costs. Usually VS1 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating in terms of purchasing online without seeing the diamond - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo of the diamond to assess the defects for yourself.

The James Allen company states that the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's relevant to you, picking a diamond with this cut rating does indicate is that you are serious about obtaining the highest possible visual performance out of the diamond. Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Thin to slightly thick" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, try reading my girdle thickness article.

You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own 'acres of diamonds. Earl Nightingale .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.6

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $2190

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 60.9%

Table: 56.5%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 5.45*5.49*3.33

Item number: 1241685

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