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: 3.02 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

The VS1 clarity in this stone means it is pretty much guaranteed to be eye-clean - so you shouldn't have to worry about checking for inclusions.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 3.02

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $70030

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.6%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Thin to medium, faceted

Culet: Very Small

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 9.33*9.47*5.60

Item number: 1180164

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An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). If you look at this 3.02 carat stone and immediately say, "that diamond is too small", consider whether it's possible to compromise by lowering other properties such as color or cut so you can go for a bigger diamond. Despite the fact this VS1 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. The cut rating of this diamond (Premium) has it smack bang inbetween quality of cut and diamond pricing considerations.

Weighing up the $70030 cost of this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium, faceted") can play an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article.

Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool. Edwin Chapin .