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).

1.56 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond -

This VS1 clarity diamond is a slight improvement over a VS2 clarity diamond - the higher rating is given when there are fewer or smaller inclusions, or because the inclusion is positioned such that it is less degrading to the presentation of the diamond (for example if it is hidden from sight).

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The Girdle Thickness of this stone is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted" - you can consult my piece on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. For $22750, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement as you look at this stone. The cut rating for this diamond (Premium) has it right in the middle of the road between cut quality and cheapness of diamond. Although this VS1 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. F color diamonds are known as colorless diamonds, being some of the purest white diamonds you can get.

The size of this stone is 1.56 carats - but make sure you check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 1.56 weight that may have a more desirable combination of properties and price.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.56

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $22750

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.46*7.42*4.59

Item number: 1306868

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