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).

0.90 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

The combination of G color with VS1 clarity means a diamond like this one is a high quality choice for the discerning shopper.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.9

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $4020

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.5%

Table: 61.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick to very thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Strong

Measurements: 6.17*6.21*3.75

Item number: 1342630

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Through decreasing the carat weight of this diamond (0.90 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money which will go towards other expenses. To get some additional pointers on the "Slightly thick to very thick, faceted" girdle for this diamond, check out the article about girdles. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some money but don't wish to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to look in.

This diamond's $4020 price is a major chunk of money for many people, but it does lead to a nicer and bigger stone compared to if you were to only spend a few hundred dollars.

Because this stone is a Premium cut diamond, it provides excellent value for your dollar, since it doesn't attract the price tag added to the higher cut gradings, despite still providing reasonable optical performance. If you are buying blind on the Internet, then VS1 clarity is basically the lowestclarity rating you can go for without carrying a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects.