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).

1.14 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

You will be paying a slight price premium to get the VS1 clarity rating of this stone instead of getting a VS2 diamond, as well as the obvious pricetag associated with getting a diamond in the colorless range.

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F color diamonds are virtually colorless, meaning they are part of the pure white group of diamonds. Throwing $9920 towards a stone nets one a diamond well above the cut, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money. Pay attention to this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Medium to slightly thick, faceted" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, try reading my girdle thickness article. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. If you are looking at this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve another property of the diamond which don't affect size, think about downgrading the 1.13 carat size of this diamond.

If you are buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.13

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $9920

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.8%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.74*6.77*4.11

Item number: 1329003

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