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).

1.25 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This VS1 clarity diamond offers a bit of an improvement in clarity over a VS2 clarity diamond - the higher rating is given when there are smaller or less inclusions, or when the location of the inclusion is more favourable to the appearance of the diamond (for example if it is hidden from sight).

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.25

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $13080

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.6%

Table: 54.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.93*6.96*4.28

Item number: 1315703

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Take note of this diamond's girdle description - "Thin to medium" - if you're unsure about girdles, try reading my girdle thickness article. For $13080, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical when you're looking at this diamond. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions that 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 on the odd occasion. F color diamonds are known as colorless diamonds, amongst the purest white diamonds available for sale. Many different companies will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape.

Through reducing the carat weight of this diamond (1.25 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars which can help out with other expenses.