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).

1.22 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This VS1 clarity diamond is a slight improvement over a VS2 clarity diamond, the step up in clarity grading comes from there being fewer or smaller inclusions, or when the location of the inclusion is more favourable to the appearance of the diamond (hidden).

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F color diamonds are pretty much colorless, meaning they are part of the pure white diamond range. Remember to have a look at neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.22 carat weight this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties might become available. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can have an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my article about girdle thickness.

The Ideal cut means the diamond will sparkle significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, maximizing attractiveness.

VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions that may or may not be visible under 10x magnification, but are rarely visible with the naked eye - however it can occur on the odd occasion. In analyzing the $12380 price of this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.22

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $12380

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 60.9%

Table: 55.7%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.91*6.94*4.22

Item number: 1307880

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