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 3.30 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Looking carefully under a scope at an SI1 clarity diamond in person or finding a high resolution image of it (as in this case) is critical to avoiding large eye-visible inclusions.

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A G color diamond such as this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but don't want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within. To get some additional pointers on the "Slightly thick" girdle for this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness. Many different diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are usually (as is the case here) perfect with respect to proportions and the overall shape. Throwing $44870 towards a diamond nets one a well above average diamond, such as this diamond. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. If you are not certain from the photo of this SI1 clarity diamond whether the diamond is eye-clean, you can ask a James Allen representative and asking them to personally examine the diamond and get back to you - they will give you an honest answer.

Make sure to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 3.30 carat weight of this diamond, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties might become available.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 3.3

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $44870

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.9%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 9.43*9.49*5.95

Item number: 1304334

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