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 1.25 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

When stepping up to get such good properties - the G color and VS1 clarity - don't let yourself down by choosing poorly with regards to the diamond's cut grading.

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This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has very good proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between quality and budget, allowing you to have more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. Spending $9970 towards a diamond nets one a diamond well above the cut, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money. The size of this stone is 1.25 carats - but make sure you look for the other diamonds for sale with a similar 1.25 weight that might have a more desirable combination of properties and price.

VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions that might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but are rarely visible using just the naked eye - although it can occur sometimes.

This diamond's girdle ("Medium, faceted") will have an effect on the diamond; don't ignore it completely.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.25

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $9970

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.94*6.97*4.25

Item number: 1315654

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