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).

0.70 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond -

The VS1 clarity in this diamond means it is pretty much guaranteed to be eye-clean - so you shouldn't have to worry about checking for inclusions.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.7

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $2650

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.0%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 5.60*5.64*3.54

Item number: 1342430

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Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are looking to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. There is no girdle property listed for this diamond - it is possible for a diamond to have no girdle, making it a knife-edge girdle. Place this 0.70 carat weight in perspective as you consider your purchasing choices - there are for sure other stones of about the same size which could offer more in terms of their price and characteristics.

For a pricetag of $2650, this diamond is smack-bang within the middle range of diamonds used for diamond engagement ring settings.

An untrained eye won't see the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important).

The visual appearance of this diamond will be good due to its Premium cut, although not quite as good as the more expensive higher-rated cut grades.

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