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 1.29 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

While diamonds graded G in color are 50-50 classified as near colorless diamonds, diamonds with an F color grading are always deemed to belong to the pure white diamond group.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.29

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $10600

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.96*6.99*4.37

Item number: 1326023

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While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick") will have an effect on the diamond; don't ignore it completely. Weighing up the $10600 price of this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. Put this 1.29 carat size in the right reference frame as you weigh up your purchasing options - there are going to be other stones of about the same size that can provide more with regards to their price and properties.

If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with visible inclusions. F color diamonds are known as colorless diamonds, being some of the purest white diamonds available for sale.