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).

1.81 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond Available Now

This stone is a VS1 clarity stone, which goes along with its F color grading, which will on average provide you with a diamond containing inclusions that take away to a lesser degree from the overall appearance of the diamond.

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Don't neglect properties outside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons outlined in my girdle thickness article. For $26700, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement as you look at this stone. Put this 1.81 carat size in perspective as you weigh up your purchasing choices - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range which may provide more with regards to their cost and properties. Typically VS1 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity grading for purchasing online without seeing the diamond - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself.

To the naked eye, this F color diamond by itself appears pure white - there isn't a method to detect any color in the diamond using just the human eye without nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has very good proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry ratings.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.81

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $26700

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 7.77*7.83*4.82

Item number: 1319526

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