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).

1.03 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

You should factor in you're going to pay more for this nearly colorless diamond than for a budget color diamond, and also to fork out to get the VS1 clarity grading which is significantly dearer than an SI1 clarity stone.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.03

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $7720

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.44*6.48*4.00

Item number: 1350995

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This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between money considerations and quality, allowing you to have more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. Despite the fact this VS1 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are looking to reduce expenditure, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, maximizing attractiveness.

In analyzing the $7720 price of this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. Through decreasing the size of this diamond (1.03 carats), it's possible you might save a few dollars that can go towards other expenses. Pay attention to this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Medium to slightly thick" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.