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 Carats on the Menu Tonight - 1.03 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This 1.03 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond is currently listed by James Allen.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.03

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7570

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 55.7%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.44*6.51*4.01

Item number: 1338365

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In analyzing the $7570 cost for this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but don't wish to waste it, this is a sensible color range to look in. If you're a careful online buyer, this VS2 clarity diamond is a good safe option, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.

If you eyeball this 1.03 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", consider whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties, for example clarity so you can go for a larger diamond. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can have an important role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article.

Many different companies will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the case here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape.