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 VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

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

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The G color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, as it isn't one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted") can play an important role in the size presented by the diamond, which is detailed in my article about girdle thickness. VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions which might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but rarely visible using just the naked eye - however it can happen occasionally. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. Put this 0.72 carat weight in perspective as you weigh up your buying choices - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range that could offer more in terms of their price and properties.

At a cost of $2960, this diamond is smack-bang within the middle range of stones being purchased for diamond engagement rings.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.72

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $2960

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.72*5.70*3.57

Item number: 1273151

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