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).

1.76 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

Don't forget that you can always ask a James Allen sales representative to examine the diamond to check whether it is eye-clean, that is after you've already assessed the photo yourself, so you're not wasting time on no-hopers.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.76

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $14480

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 7.69*7.73*4.80

Item number: 1334176

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If you eyeball this 1.76 carat stone and immediately say, "that stone is too small", consider whether it's possible to compromise by reducing another property such as clarity so you can get for a larger diamond. If you can see the diamond in person or examine zoomed in photos of the diamond (like the photo for this SI1 clarity diamond), this is where bargains can be had - finding an SI1 or SI2 stone that is "eye clean" is a rewarding experience that pays off in terms of money saved. The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick") will have an influence on the diamond; don't ignore it completely. The G color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, since it isn't a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower quality cut diamonds, maximizing attractiveness. Weighing up the $14480 price for this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.