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).

0.63 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

There's going to be a little price hike to get the VS1 clarity grading for this diamond instead of getting a VS2 diamond, on top of the cost that comes from getting a diamond in the colorless range.

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This diamond's $2540 cost is a substantial investment for a lot of people, but it does lead to a nicer and bigger stone than if you spent a few hundred bucks. If you look at this 0.63 carat stone and think to yourself, "that stone is too small", consider whether you can compromise by lowering another property such as color or cut in order to go for a larger diamond. Usually VS1 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity grading for purchasing online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick") can play an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my article about girdle thickness. F color diamonds are very colorless - they are included in the pure white group of diamonds.

This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish ratings.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.63

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $2540

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.6%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.49*5.52*3.39

Item number: 1337683

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