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).

1.21 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The F color of this diamond is nicely complemented by the high clarity grading of VS1, which gives you either fewer inclusions or rather, somewhat smaller inclusions compared to a VS2 diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.21

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $11310

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.77*6.81*4.23

Item number: 1301969

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This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry ratings. The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick, faceted") has an effect on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely. For $11310, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical as you look at this stone. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions which might or might not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but are almost never visible using just the naked eye - although it can occur sometimes.

To the naked eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears completely white and pure - there isn't a way to detect traces of color in it utilizing just the human eye and no other nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range. The size of this diamond is 1.21 carats - be sure to check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 1.21 weight which might have a better combinations of properties and price.