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 G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

When stepping up to get such good properties - VS1 + G - make sure you don't shortchange yourself by getting a poor cut of diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.21

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $9180

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 6.82*6.78*4.26

Item number: 1305465

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If you eyeball this 1.21 carat stone and think to yourself, "that stone is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by lowering another property such as color or cut in order to go for a bigger diamond. A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some money but don't want to waste it, this is a great color range to look in. The visual attractiveness of this diamond will be good because of its Premium cut, although inferior to the more expensive higher-rated cut grades.

This diamond's girdle is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted", which plays a impact on the size and sparkle of the diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle page. Weighing up the $9180 cost of this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

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

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. Benjamin Franklin .