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).

Found: this 1.08 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The diamond offering is this 1.08 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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For $7840, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this diamond. The G color of this diamond offers value for your dollar, as it is not a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating in terms of purchasing online without a photo - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself. Several companies 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 overall shape. The carat weight of this diamond is 1.08 carats - but make sure you check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 1.08 weight that might have a more desirable combination of properties and price.

Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can play an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.08

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7840

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.3%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.61*6.63*4.06

Item number: 1338371

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