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).

1.68 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Some buyers on a low budget will probably be searching in the J color SI1 range, this G color SI1 clarity diamond offers at least one superior diamond property.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.68

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $13190

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.57*7.59*4.75

Item number: 1294964

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The G color of this diamond provides great value, since it isn't one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. If you can view the diamond in person or see high quality photos of the diamond (like the photo for this SI1 clarity diamond), this is where the most valuable deals are to be found - finding an SI1 or SI2 stone which is "eye clean" is a fulfilling experience that translates to less dollars spent. For $13190, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this stone.

Remember to have a look at neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.68 carat size of this diamond, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties can become available. The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick") has an influence on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has very good proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics.

Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all. Mark Twain .