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).

4.16 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

An important thing to do when buying an SI clarity diamond such as this one is to make sure of any eye-visible inclusions.

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This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish ratings. An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). For $80590, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical as you look at this diamond.

If you are looking at this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve another property of the diamond which don't affect size, think about downgrading the 4.16 carat size of this diamond.

Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick") can have an important role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article. SI stands for Slightly Included, which means this SI1 stone has inclusions which are certainly visible at 10 x magnification and possibly to the naked eye, but which provide the potential for bargains if they are not.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 4.16

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $80590

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 10.23*10.29*6.36

Item number: 1346464

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