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).

5.01 Carats on the Menu Tonight - 5.02 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This F incolor VS1 clarity diamond is somewhat more costly than an equivalent VS2, F color stone due to the increased clarity rating.

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The cut property of this diamond (Premium) has it smack bang in the middle of the road between quality of cut and diamond pricing considerations. The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Thin to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my piece on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. To the naked eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears completely white and pure - there isn't a way to detect any color in it using only the naked eye and no other nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range. Weighing up the $285620 cost for this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. Place this 5.01 carat weight in the right reference frame as you consider your diamond options - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range which can provide more in terms of their cost and properties.

Although this VS1 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are looking to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 5.01

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $285620

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.0%

Table: 61.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 11.06*11.19*6.67

Item number: 1279175

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