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).

1.29 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Good Cut Round Cut Diamond Available Now

Some jewelers say that a diamond with a G color rating is pretty much in the pure white range.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.29

Cut: Good

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $9790

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.1%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.90*6.93*4.36

Item number: 1232662

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Throwing $9790 on a diamond gets you a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. This Good cut diamond is a good choice for a diamond searcher with a limited budget who is more concerned with diamond size rather than diamond brilliance.

If you're buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects. To get some additional pointers on the "Medium to slightly thick" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

The G color of this diamond offers great value, as it is not a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F. Put this 1.29 carat weight in the right reference frame as you weigh up your diamond options - there are going to be other stones of about the same size that may offer more in terms of their price and properties.