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 0.91 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

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There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real, and vice versa. William Makepeace Thackeray .

Throwing $5140 towards a diamond gets you a well above average diamond, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. The difference between any neighbouring colors from the D-E-F range is only detectable in a lab, meaning this F color diamond is not distinguishable when compared with diamonds rated only one color grade differently. The visual attractiveness of this diamond will be quite good because of its Premium cut, although inferior to the more expensive higher cut grades.

The girdle of this diamond ("Medium, faceted") has an effect on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely. Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity grading for buying online without seeing the diamond - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself. If you eyeball this 0.91 carat stone and think to yourself, "that stone is too small", think about whether it's possible to compromise by lowering other properties, for example color or cut so you can get for a bigger diamond.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.91

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $5140

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.8%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.20*6.22*3.90

Item number: 1269776

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