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 G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

When stepping up to get such good properties - the G color and VS1 clarity - make sure you don't shortchange yourself by getting a poor cut of diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.81

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $21760

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 7.76*7.81*4.82

Item number: 1316098

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Typically VS1 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity grading for buying 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 defects for yourself. Several diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape. Weighing up the $21760 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. Most consumers won't see the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important). To get some additional pointers on the "Slightly thick" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

Place this 1.81 carat size in the right reference frame when you weigh up your buying choices - there are going to be other stones in the same size range which could provide more in terms of their price and characteristics.