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).

1.70 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Some jewelers say that a G color diamond like this VS1 clarity diamond really belongs in the pure white range.

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Throwing $18850 towards a stone gets one a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. If you're a cautious online purchaser, this VS1 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. The Girdle Thickness of this stone is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted" - you can consult my piece on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. Through decreasing the carat weight of this diamond (1.70 carats), you may be able to save a substantial amount of money that can go towards other expenses.

Many different companies will provide an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the case here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape. This G color diamond is less colored than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between money considerations and quality, allowing you to have more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.7

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $18850

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.60*7.64*4.75

Item number: 1292826

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