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).

0.61 Carats on the Menu Tonight - 0.61 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

A selection of people will tell you that a diamond with a G color rating is pretty much in the pure white range of diamonds.

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Place this 0.61 carat size in the right reference frame as you consider your purchasing choices - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range that could provide more in terms of their cost and characteristics. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions that may or may not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but are rarely visible using just the naked eye - but it can happen sometimes. Take note of this diamond's girdle description - "Thin to slightly thick" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.

$2230 will often allow you to find a good quality diamond, such as this diamond.

A Hearts & Arrows cut diamond shows several distinct patterns when viewed from a variety of perspectives. From on top, the diamond has an arrow-like pattern (this is the reason for the "arrow" description). From the side, the diamond displays a pattern of 8 heart shapes (hence the name "hearts"). The G color of this diamond offers great value, as it is not one of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.61

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $2230

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 55.5%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 5.43*5.46*3.39

Item number: 1241683

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