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).

1.20 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

If you decide to pay the extra money for qualities in a diamond like this one - VS1 + G - make sure you don't shortchange yourself by getting a poor cut of diamond.

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If you're looking at this diamond and considering whether to improve another property of the diamond not related to size, think about downgrading the 1.20 carat size for this diamond to achieve that end. A G color diamond such as this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but do not want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to look in. Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are looking to reduce expenditure, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. The cut rating for this diamond (Premium) means it sits right inbetween cut quality and diamond pricing considerations. For $9770, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical when you're looking at this diamond.

The Girdle Thickness of this stone is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted" - I suggest consulting my article on diamond girdles if you want to find out more concerning how girdle thickness can play an important role.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.2

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $9770

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.75*6.80*4.22

Item number: 1350172

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