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).

1.01 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H color, 1.01 carat diamond is an appropriate choice for a person searching for a unbeatable blend of pureness and price-effectiveness.

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If you look at this 1.01 carat stone and immediately say, "that diamond is too small", think about whether you can compromise by lowering another property such as clarity so you can get for a bigger diamond. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions that may or may not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but are rarely visible using just the naked eye - but it can occur sometimes. The Premium cut quality of this diamond provides a good balance between cut quality and diamond price. Do not neglect diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons discussed in my girdle thickness article.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.01

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $5880

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.2%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.37*6.26*3.99

Item number: 1345873

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