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: 0.91 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Good Cut Round Cut Diamond

You should factor in you're going to pay more for this nearly colorless diamond than for a budget color diamond, and also to pay to get the VS1 clarity rating which is quite a bit more expensive than an SI1 clarity stone.

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Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone. Joseph Joubert .

An untrained eye won't see the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important). Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to very thick, faceted") can have an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my article about girdle thickness.

Make sure to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 0.91 carat size this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties may become available. $4370 will generally get you a decent quality and size stone, such as this diamond.

If your goal in buying a diamond is to get the biggest rock for your money, you can reduce any requirements on other characteristics of the diamond, such as cut. This Good cut diamond is cheaper than higher grade cuts, because it has somewhat inferior optical appearance. If you're a cautious online buyer, then this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.91

Cut: Good

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $4370

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.5%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Thin to very thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.07*6.03*3.84

Item number: 1281722

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