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).

1.04 Carats on the Menu Tonight - 1.04 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

SI1 stones such as this one are where potential bargains are to be found, assuming the diamond looks good to the naked eye.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.04

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $6120

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.53*6.49*3.98

Item number: 1306296

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Don't neglect diamond characteristics beside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - which can be important for reasons discussed in my girdle thickness article. Most consumers won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important). This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics. If you can view the diamond in person or see zoomed in photos of the diamond (like the photo for this SI1 clarity diamond), this is where the most valuable deals are to be found - finding an SI1 or SI2 stone that is "eye clean" is a rewarding experience that pays off in terms of money saved. The size of this diamond is 1.04 carats - be sure to check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 1.04 weight that may have a more desirable combination of properties and price.

In analyzing the $6120 price of this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

Diamonds are forever. E-mail comes close. June Kronholz .