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).

1.02 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

I've located you a nice 1.02 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.02

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $6850

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 6.39*6.44*4.01

Item number: 1342177

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Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone. Joseph Joubert .

In analyzing the $6850 cost for this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some smaller inclusions which might or might not be visible under 10x magnification, but are almost never visible using just the naked eye - however it can occur on the odd occasion. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. If you eyeball this 1.02 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", consider whether you can compromise by reducing another property such as color or cut in order to get for a bigger diamond. This diamond has a girdle described as "Thin to slightly thick, faceted", which plays a role in the shine and apparently width of the diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle article.