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).

1.15 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

The key with buying an SI1 clarity diamond such as this stone is to make sure of any eye-visible inclusions.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.14

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $6470

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 6.69*6.72*4.15

Item number: 1279080

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This SI1 clarity stone is a potential great bargain, with the proviso it is eye clean. Try examining the high resolution photo in detail to work out if the diamond looks good from on top, which;this is where it will mostly be seen from. Spending $6470 on a stone nets you a diamond well above the cut, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money. Since this stone is a Premium cut diamond, it offers excellent value for money, since it doesn't attract the price tag added to the higher cut gradings, while still providing decent optical performance. The G color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, as it is not one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. The carat weight of this stone is 1.14 carats - be sure to check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 1.14 weight which might have a more desirable combination of properties and price.

Take note of 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.