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 1.04 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This particular 1.04 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond was one of the choices during a recent trawling of the internet for good value diamonds.

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Place this 1.04 carat weight in perspective when you consider your purchasing options - there are going to be other diamonds of about the same size that can provide more with regards to their cost and properties. The G color of this diamond offers value for your dollar, since it isn't a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F. Spending $7340 on a stone nets one a diamond well above the cut, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has very good proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish characteristics.

If you are buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you can go for without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.04

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7340

Certificate: IGI

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.52*6.47*4.04

Item number: 1342571

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