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 1.54 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond for Purchase

This VS1 clarity diamond offers a bit of an improvement in clarity over a VS2 clarity diamond, the step up in clarity grading comes from there being fewer or smaller inclusions, or because the inclusion is positioned such that it is less degrading to the appearance of the diamond (for example if it is hidden from sight).

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Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. Do not neglect diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website. F color diamonds are virtually colorless, meaning they are part of the pure white group of diamonds. Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person.

For $18950, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical when you're looking at this stone. Remember to have a look at nearby carat sizes around the 1.54 carat size this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties might become available.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.54

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $18950

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 7.33*7.39*4.60

Item number: 1336960

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