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).

Pick for This Afternoon 0.71 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This diamond is with respect to color and clarity a excellent diamond, since it is in the colorless range and also has inclusions which can only generally be seen using a 10x scope.

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The visual attractiveness of this diamond will be good due to its Premium cut, although inferior to the more expensive higher-rated cut grades. To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears completely white and pure - there is no way to detect any color in it utilizing only the human eye and no other nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range. Typically VS1 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating in terms of buying online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to assess the inclusions for yourself. By decreasing the carat weight of this stone (0.71 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money which will go towards other costs. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted") can have an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, which is detailed in my article about girdle thickness.

This diamond's $3000 price is a substantial chunk of money for most people, but the tradeoff is a superior stone than if you spent a few hundred bucks.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.71

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $3000

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.1%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 5.78*5.76*3.47

Item number: 1335957

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