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).

0.65 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The clarity rating of VS1 for this diamond means it is pretty much guaranteed to be eye-clean, saving you the trouble of checking the photo too carefully.

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Through lowering the carat size of this diamond (0.65 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars which will go towards other costs. This G color diamond is less colored than the lowest normal color ratings of J and below; it's a great compromise between money considerations and quality, allowing one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. Several companies will provide an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the general shape. Despite the fact this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. This diamond's $2400 price is a substantial chunk of money for most people, but it does lead to a nicer and bigger stone compared to if you were to only spend a few hundred dollars.

Don't ignore properties beside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - which can be important due to reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.65

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $2400

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.52*5.57*3.45

Item number: 1337646

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