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).

1.09 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

For you I have located a 1.09 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.09

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7910

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.3%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.63*6.67*4.09

Item number: 1338467

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This diamond's girdle is "Thin to slightly thick", which plays a role in the shine and apparently width of a diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle page. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. If you look at this 1.09 carat stone and think to yourself, "that diamond is too small", consider whether it's possible to compromise by reducing another property such as clarity so you can get for a bigger diamond.