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).

1.69 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal 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 more favourable to the appearance of the diamond (hidden).

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.69

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $19750

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Strong

Measurements: 7.60*7.64*4.76

Item number: 1300450

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Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to slightly thick, faceted") can have an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions which might or might not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but almost never visible using just the naked eye - however it can happen sometimes. If you look at this 1.69 carat stone and think to yourself, "that diamond is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties, for example color or cut in order to get for a bigger diamond. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless, meaning they are included in the pure white group of diamonds. Many different diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape.

For $19750, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this diamond.