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 1.81 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond?

Eye-clean is important with a G color SI1 clarity diamond like this one - which is where the high resolution photo comes in so handy.

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The Premium cut quality for this diamond is a balance between cut quality and diamond cost. Don't neglect properties outside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - which can be important due to reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website. Most consumers won't see the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important). Spending $15400 on a diamond nets you a diamond well above the cut, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. This SI1 clarity diamond represents potential great value, providing it is eye clean. Try examining the high resolution photo in detail to check whether the diamond presents well from on top, which;this is where the diamond will mostly be viewed from.

Place this 1.81 carat weight in the right reference frame when you consider your purchasing choices - there are for sure other diamonds in the same size range which could offer more with regards to their price and characteristics.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.81

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $15400

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.71*7.76*4.81

Item number: 1325159

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