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 1.00 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond?

This F-rated diamond is colorless - you should still be cautious of comparing it against other "F" color diamonds that have been graded in one of the dodgier grading organizations - they may actually be Gs or Hs.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.0

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7140

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 61.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.44*6.40*3.93

Item number: 1328979

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Through reducing the carat weight of this diamond (1.00 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars which will help out with other expenses. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless, meaning they are part of the pure white diamond range.

If you are a cautious online purchaser, then this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. Spending $7140 on a stone gets one a well above average diamond, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. This diamond has a girdle described as "Medium, faceted", which can have a role in the shine and apparently width of a diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article.

The visual appearance of this diamond will be good due to its Premium cut, although not quite as good as the more expensive higher cut grades.

Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone. Joseph Joubert .