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).

1.48 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This is with respect to color and clarity a quite nice diamond, since it is in the colorless range and also contains inclusions which can only generally be seen using a scope with magnification.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.48

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $15190

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 7.21*7.26*4.50

Item number: 1188246

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If you are buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is basically the lowestclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with visible inclusions. To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond by itself appears pure white - there isn't a way to detect traces of color in the diamond using just the human eye without nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range. Put this 1.48 carat size in the right reference frame as you consider your purchasing choices - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range that can offer more in terms of their price and properties. Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Medium to thick, faceted" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses. Many different companies will provide an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the overall shape.

For $15190, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement as you look at this diamond.