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).

1.32 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The cost for this G color stone will sit somewhere between the pure white rangediamonds and the low-cost I and J color range of stones.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.32

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $10990

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.99*7.04*4.37

Item number: 1326704

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If you are a careful online purchaser, this VS1 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, because it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. This G color diamond is less colored than the lowest normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between quality and budget, allowing one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. Think about whether you are entirely set on the 1.32 carat weight of this diamond - or whether you can stretch to get a slightly larger rock. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

Weighing up the $10990 cost of this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick") will have an effect on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely.