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).

1.06 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

F color VS1 clarity - what else could you want? I don't think so unless you're super fussy, although perhaps a better cost, as there will be an increased cost associated with getting such nice qualities found in this stone.

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The Hearts & Arrows cut of this diamond places it in the upper 1% of diamonds on the marketplace today in terms of cut grading. This cut is the highest cut sold by James Allen and ensures the best diamond brilliance. F color diamonds are usually described as colorless diamonds, amongst the purest white diamonds you can get.

VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions which might or might not be visible at 10x magnification, but are almost never visible with the naked eye - although it can happen sometimes.

Don't neglect diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - which can be important for reasons outlined in my girdle thickness article.

Put this 1.06 carat weight in the right reference frame when you weigh up your buying choices - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range which can offer more in terms of their cost and characteristics.

For $10720, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this diamond.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.06

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $10720

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 56.2%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.49*6.53*4.06

Item number: 1351293

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