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).

Check out: 0.52 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This diamond is in clarity and color respects a superb diamond, being in the colorless range and also contains inclusions which can only usually be seen using a 10x scope.

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This diamond's ticket price of $1660 means it is firmly in the least expensive group of diamonds that are considered for an engagement ring setting. Consider whether you are really set on the 0.52 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you are able to stretch to get a slightly larger stone. Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.

To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears completely white and pure - there is no way to detect any color in it utilizing just the naked eye without nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions which might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but are almost never visible using just the naked eye - but it can occur occasionally. The visual appearance of this diamond will be quite good due to its Premium cut, although inferior to the more expensive higher cut grades.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.52

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1660

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.0%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.06*5.13*3.21

Item number: 1351456

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