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

The F color of this diamond is nicely complemented by the high clarity rating of VS1; this means it has either fewer inclusions or rather, somewhat smaller in size inclusions compared to a VS2 diamond.

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Think about whether you're really set on the 3.32 carat weight of this diamond - or whether you are able to extend a bit more for a bigger stone. F color diamonds are usually described as colorless diamonds, being some of the purest white diamonds available for sale. If you are buying blind on the Internet, then VS1 clarity is basically the lowestclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects.

Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. The Girdle Thickness for this diamond is "Thin to medium, faceted" - I suggest consulting my article on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role.

In analyzing the $128310 cost of this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 3.32

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $128310

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.4%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Thin to medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 9.57*9.69*5.91

Item number: 1246833

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