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: this 1.61 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

When stepping up to get such good properties - the G color and VS1 clarity - make sure you don't shortchange yourself by getting a poor cut of diamond.

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If you are buying blind on the Internet, then VS1 clarity is really the minimumclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to slightly thick") can play an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below; it's a great compromise between money considerations and quality, enabling you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. The carat weight of this stone is 1.61 carats - but make sure you look for the other diamonds for sale with a similar 1.61 weight which might have a better combinations of properties and price. Throwing $16200 on a stone gets you a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money.

Many different diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the case here) perfect with respect to proportions and the overall shape.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.61

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $16200

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.51*7.54*4.64

Item number: 1336882

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