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 Evening 1.05 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This 1.05 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond was one of the candidates during a recent trawling of the internet for good value diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.05

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7280

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.49*6.52*4.05

Item number: 1304741

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The Palace of the Lord God is so beautiful. Within it, there are gems, rubies, pearls and flawless diamonds. A fortress of gold surrounds this Source of Nectar. How can I climb up to the Fortress without a ladder? By meditating on the Lord, through the Guru, I am blessed and exalted. Sri Guru Granth Sahib .

If you're a cautious online purchaser, this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. Throwing $7280 towards a stone gets you a well above average diamond, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond.

If you look at this 1.05 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", ponder whether you can compromise by lowering other properties such as clarity so you can get for a larger diamond.