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 1.67 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The VS1 clarity for this diamond almost certainly means it will be eye-clean, saving you the trouble of checking the photo too carefully.

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For more information on the "Thin to medium" girdle of this diamond, have a read of the article about girdles. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the lowest normal color gradings of J and below; it's a a balance-point between money considerations and quality, enabling one to have more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating.

VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions that might or might not be visible at 10x magnification, but rarely visible with the naked eye - however it can occur sometimes. Throwing $18740 on a stone gets one a diamond well above the cut, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. Place this 1.67 carat size in perspective as you consider your diamond options - there are going to be other stones of about the same size which could provide more in terms of their price and characteristics. According to James Allen, the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's true or not, choosing a diamond with this cut does suggest is that you are serious about obtaining the highest possible visual qualities from the diamond.

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. Peter Marshall .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.67

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $18740

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 55.3%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 7.59*7.62*4.72

Item number: 1304506

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