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).

1.50 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond -

You should factor in you're going to pay more for this nearly colorless diamond than for a budget color diamond, and also to fork out to get the VS1 clarity grading that is quite a bit more expensive than SI1 clarity.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.5

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $14610

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.5%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick

Culet: Very Small

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.44*7.35*4.40

Item number: 1304242

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If you are a cautious online buyer, this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. The Girdle Thickness for this stone is "Slightly thick to thick" - you can consult my article on diamond girdles if you want to find out more concerning how girdle thickness can play an important role.

Throwing $14610 towards a stone nets one a well above average diamond, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. Make sure to have a look at neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.50 carat weight of this diamond, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties might become available. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, enabling one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size.

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