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 1.10 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

There's going to be a little price hike to have the VS1 clarity grading for this stone rather than a VS2 diamond, as well as the obvious pricetag associated with getting a diamond in the colorless range.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.1

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $11120

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 55.4%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.62*6.66*4.09

Item number: 1317085

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The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Thin to medium" - you can consult my article on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. Spending $11120 on a diamond nets one a diamond well above the cut, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money. Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to save some money, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. The difference between any adjacent colors in the D-E-F color range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, meaning this F color diamond is indistinguishable when compared with diamonds rated only one color grade differently. With regards to cut alone, a Hearts and Arrows cut diamond gets you as close to a perfect diamond as you can get. This rarest of diamond cuts is offered to the diamond searcher who is following a special interest in getting the best cut diamond, and consequently the visual appearance of the diamond due to its superior light catching qualities.

By decreasing the carat size of this stone (1.10 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars that can go towards other costs.

Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world. Jean de la Bruyere .