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).

0.71 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

A selection of people will tell you that a G color diamond like this VS1 clarity diamond really belongs in the colorless range.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.71

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $2840

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good


Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 5.67*5.72*3.56

Item number: 1340700

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Most consumers won't see the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important). Put this 0.71 carat size in the right reference frame as you weigh up your purchasing choices - there are going to be other diamonds of about the same size that might provide more with regards to their cost and characteristics.

There is a blank in the girdle description for this diamond - it is possible for a diamond to have no girdle, known as a knife-edge girdle.

At a price of $2840, this diamond sits smack-bang within the middle range of diamonds being purchased for diamond engagement ring settings. If you are a cautious online purchaser, then this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has excellent proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish ratings.