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).

For Your Viewing Pleasure: 0.36 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Don't forget that you can always ask a James Allen member of staff to check the diamond themselves to see whether it is eye-clean, but make sure you've formed an initial impression yourself from the photo, so you're not wasting time on no-hopers.

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SI is short for for Slightly Included, which means that this SI1 stone has inclusions which are certainly visible at a zoom level of ten times and may often be visible to the naked eye, but which offer the potential for bargains if they are not. If you eyeball this 0.36 carat stone and think to yourself, "that diamond is too small", think about whether it's possible to compromise by lowering another property such as clarity in order to go for a larger diamond. A G color diamond like this one is a good option balancing extreme white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but do not want to waste it, this is a great color range to do your searching within. By using only $490 on the diamond, one will be able to save more money to use for other costs such as the wedding.

The Ideal cut means the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower quality cut diamonds, maximizing attractiveness. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can have an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article.

Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. Malcolm S. Forbes .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.36

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $490

Certificate: IGI

Depth: 61.4%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.58*4.59*2.82

Item number: 1334747

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