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 G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Looking carefully under a scope at an SI1 clarity diamond in person or using the photo (as in this case) will help you avoid large inclusions that are picked up by the eye.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.06

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $6110

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.57*6.59*4.02

Item number: 1339267

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Pay attention to this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Thin to medium, faceted" - if you're unsure about girdles, try reading my girdle thickness article. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, enabling you to have more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. Several diamond sellers will provide an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the overall shape.

Throwing $6110 on a stone nets one a diamond well above the cut, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money. If you are checking out this diamond and considering whether to improve another property of the diamond not related to size, you may wish to reduce the 1.06 carat size for this diamond to achieve that end. This SI1 clarity stone is a potential great bargain, providing it is eye clean. You can go over the high resolution photo closely to work out whether the diamond presents well from above, which;this is where the diamond will mostly be viewed from.