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).

0.72 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Getting a diamond that presents "clean" to the eye is important with this SI1 clarity, G color diamond - but this is made easier by having the zoom photo shown here.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.72

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $2500

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 54.5%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.78*5.81*3.58

Item number: 1343200

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This SI1 clarity stone represents potential great value, with the proviso it is eye clean. You can go over the high resolution photo closely to check if the diamond looks good from above, which;this is where it will primarly be seen from. Many different companies will provide an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape. For a price of $2500, this diamond is smack-bang in the middle range of diamonds used for diamond engagement ring settings. A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but don't want to waste it, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within.

Put this 0.72 carat weight in perspective as you weigh up your buying options - there are going to be other stones in the same size range that may provide more in terms of their cost and characteristics.

This diamond's girdle ("Thin to slightly thick") will have an influence on the diamond, and should not be neglected entirely.