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 G Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Expect to pay for the almost completely colorless G color of this diamond, and also to fork out to get the VS1 clarity grading which is significantly dearer than SI1 clarity.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.13

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $8860

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.6%

Table: 55.7%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.69*6.73*4.13

Item number: 1344904

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For $8860, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical when you're looking at this stone. VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions that might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but are rarely visible using just the naked eye - although it can occur on the odd occasion. In terms of diamond cut alone, a Hearts and Arrows cut diamond gets you as close to a perfect diamond as you can hope for. This rarest of diamond cuts is shown to a diamond searcher who has a special interest in getting the best cut diamond, and as a result the visual appearance of the diamond due to its superior light retention qualities. If you eyeball this 1.13 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by lowering other properties, for example color or cut so you can get for a larger diamond. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but don't want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within.

This diamond's girdle is "Thin to medium", which can have a impact on the size and sparkle of a diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle page.