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).

A 1.53 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond for Sale

The cost for this G color-graded diamond will sit somewhere between the pure white group ofdiamonds and the budget I and J color range of stones.

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If you're buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you can go for without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects. Put this 1.53 carat weight in the right reference frame as you consider your buying options - there are going to be other diamonds of about the same size which can provide more with regards to their price and properties. In analyzing the $16570 cost for this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

The G color of this diamond offers value for your dollar, since it isn't one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. A Hearts & Arrows cut diamond displays several distinct shape patterns when viewed from a variety of perspectives. From the top, the diamond displays an arrow-like pattern (this is the reason for the "arrow" description). From the side, the diamond has a pattern of eight heart shapes (hence the name "hearts"). Do not neglect diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - which can be important for reasons outlined in my girdle thickness article.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.53

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $16570

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 54.7%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 7.35*7.39*4.60

Item number: 1287687

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