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 1.77 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Eye-clean is important with a G color SI1 clarity diamond like this one - but this is made easier by having the zoom photo shown here.

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If you can view the diamond in the flesh or see zoomed in photos of the diamond (like the photo for this SI1 clarity diamond), this is where bargains can be had - finding an SI1 or SI2 stone that is "eye clean" is a rewarding experience that translates to less dollars spent. In analyzing the $15720 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. This G color diamond is less colored than the lowest normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, allowing you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. The Ideal cut means the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, maximizing attractiveness.

For more information on the "Slightly thick" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness. If you are checking out this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve other characteristics of the diamond which don't affect size, you may wish to reduce the 1.77 carat weight for this diamond to achieve that end.

Don't open your diamonds in a vegetable market. Tie them in bundle and keep them in your heart, and go your own way. Kabir .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.77

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $15720

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.68*7.74*4.81

Item number: 1304727

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