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 1.77 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This diamond is in clarity and color respects a superb diamond, being in the colorless range and also has inclusions that can only usually be seen under a 10x scope.

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If you eyeball this 1.77 carat stone and think to yourself, "that diamond is too small", think about whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties such as color or cut in order to go for a bigger diamond. For $24500, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement as you look at this diamond. The chance in color between any neighbouring colors from the D-E-F color range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, with the significance that this F color diamond is not distinguishable when compared with diamonds rated only one color grade differently. Usually VS1 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating for purchasing online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a high quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself.

The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick, faceted") has an effect on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely. Several companies will provide an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape.

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind. William R. Alger .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.77

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $24500

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.65*7.75*4.81

Item number: 1310611

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