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 1.63 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The clarity rating of VS1 for this diamond means it is pretty much guaranteed to be eye-clean, saving you the trouble of checking the photo too carefully.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.63

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $19050

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.53*7.57*4.69

Item number: 1324271

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Pay attention to this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Medium to slightly thick" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, go have a read of my girdle thickness article. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry ratings. A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing extreme white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but do not wish to waste it, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within. If you look at this 1.63 carat stone and immediately say, "that diamond is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties such as color or cut in order to get for a bigger diamond.

Weighing up the $19050 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions which might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but are rarely visible with the naked eye - although it can happen occasionally.