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).

Looking for a 0.50 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

This diamond is a VS1 clarity stone, which goes along with its F color grading, which will on average provide you with a stone with defects that detract to a lesser degree from the attractiveness of the stone.

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This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has very good proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish characteristics. Think about whether you're entirely set on the 0.50 carat weight that this diamond is - or whether you can stretch for a larger rock. F color diamonds are virtually colorless, meaning they are part of the pure white group of diamonds. 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 getting a diamond with visible inclusions. The girdle of this diamond ("Thin to medium") will have an effect on the diamond, and should not be neglected entirely.

For any diamond, a price of $1740 really places it in the lowest price group of diamonds, even more so in the context of engagement rings.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.5

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1740

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.1%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.21*5.23*3.08

Item number: 1352622

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