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).

1.24 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

A selection of people will tell you that a G color diamond like this VS1 clarity diamond really belongs in the pure white range of diamonds.

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Although this VS1 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are looking to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. Place this 1.24 carat size in perspective as you consider your buying options - there are for sure other diamonds of about the same size which can provide more with regards to their cost and properties. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted") can play an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my article about girdle thickness.

An untrained eye won't see the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring).

For $9470, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical when you're looking at this stone.

The visual attractiveness of this diamond will be good due to its Premium cut, although not quite as good as the more costly higher cut grades.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.24

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $9470

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.5%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: Very Small

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 6.89*6.96*4.19

Item number: 1244116

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