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

This is in clarity and color respects a quite nice diamond, since it is in the colorless range and also has inclusions which can only usually be seen using a 10x scope.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.72

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $22970

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 7.72*7.68*4.76

Item number: 1333305

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Do not ignore properties beside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless - they are included in the pure white group of diamonds. For $22970, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical when you're looking at this diamond. Several diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond has some smaller inclusions which might or might not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but are rarely visible with the naked eye - however it can happen occasionally.

Put this 1.72 carat weight in perspective as you consider your purchasing options - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range which could offer more in terms of their price and properties.