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).

1.11 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

This stone has high quality properties - a color rating of G, coupled with a sometimes dodgy SI1 clarity rating - this means you need to check the clarity yourself in the photo.

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If you can see 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 - identifying an SI1 or SI2 stone that is "eye clean" is a satisfying experience that translates to less dollars spent. Remember to have a look at neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.11 carat size this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties can open up.

Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can have an important role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my article about girdle thickness.

This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the lowest normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between money considerations and quality, enabling you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. Weighing up the $6940 cost for this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. The Hearts & Arrows cut of this diamond places it in the upper 1% of diamonds on the market today in terms of cut rating. This cut is the top cut offered by James Allen and guarantees the highest diamond brilliance.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.11

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $6940

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 60.9%

Table: 55.8%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.71*6.73*4.09

Item number: 1317105

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