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 H Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

This is a H color diamond, situated in the almost colorless range of diamonds with excellent value for money, being a practically colorless diamond.

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Throwing $7160 towards a stone nets you a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. The H color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, as it isn't one of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

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 top cut offered by James Allen and ensures the best diamond brilliance. This diamond has a girdle described as "Thin to medium", which plays a impact on the shine and apparently width of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article.

Although this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. Think about whether you are really set on the 1.11 carat weight of this diamond - or whether you can extend a bit more to buy a slightly larger diamond.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.11

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7160

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 56.1%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.60*6.65*4.11

Item number: 1307899

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