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 G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

SI1 stones such as this particular stone are where potential bargains are to be found; that is if the diamond presents clean to the naked eye.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.22

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $7640

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.5%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.82*6.85*4.20

Item number: 1344802

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If you look at this 1.22 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", consider whether you can compromise by reducing other properties such as clarity in order to go for a bigger diamond. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more than lower quality cut diamonds, maximizing attractiveness. The SI clarity group of diamonds (which this SI1 clarity diamond is included in) is the happy hunting ground for diamond bargain hunters. Try and find a diamond that appears "clean" to the naked eye, either by examining the diamond in person, or by checking out an online enlarged photo of the diamond. In analyzing the $7640 price for this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important).

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