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 today: a 0.41 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This stone is a VS1 clarity stone, which goes along with its F color grading, which will on average provide you with a diamond with inclusions that detract to a lesser degree from the attractiveness of the stone.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.41

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $910

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.8%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Good

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.74*4.76*2.98

Item number: 1341422

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Typically VS1 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity grading in terms of purchasing online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself. Take note of this diamond's girdle description - "" - if you're unsure about girdles, try reading my girdle thickness article. The carat weight of this stone is 0.41 carats - be sure to look for the other diamonds for sale with that same 0.41 weight that may have a more desirable combination of properties and price. The Premium cut quality of this diamond provides a balance between cut rating and diamond cost.

F color diamonds are known as colorless diamonds, being some of the purest white diamonds available for sale. For any diamond, a cost of $910 puts it amongst the cheapest set of diamonds, even more so in the context of engagement rings.