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: 1.40 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

You will be paying a slight price premium to have the VS1 clarity rating for this stone instead of getting a VS2 diamond, as well as the obvious pricetag associated with getting a diamond in the colorless range.

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To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears pure white - there isn't a way to detect any color in it using just the human eye without nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range. By reducing the carat weight of this stone (1.40 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money which will go towards other costs. For more information on the "Slightly thick" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness. For $15110, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this stone.

This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has very good proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish ratings. If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS1 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with visible inclusions.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.4

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $15110

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.14*7.17*4.43

Item number: 1324178

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