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).

3.01 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Although buyers with a low budget will usually be playing in the lower color grades - say J, the G color rating of this diamond offers at least one superior diamond property.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 3.01

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $47740

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.5%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 9.30*9.38*5.65

Item number: 1348941

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Weighing up the $47740 cost for this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. If you are a little hesitant from the photo of the SI1 clarity diamond on this page whether it is eye-clean, try contacting a James Allen sales rep and asking them to personally assess the diamond for you - the staff member will give you an honest response. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between money considerations and quality, allowing you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size.

The size of this stone is 3.01 carats - but make sure you check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 3.01 weight which might have a better combinations of properties and price. The listing for this diamond doesn't have anything for girdle property - it might be worth asking a sales rep to clarity.