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 Morning 0.75 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This is in clarity and color respects a quite nice diamond, since it is in the colorless range and also has inclusions which can only usually be seen under a scope with magnification.

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This diamond's $3700 price is a major investment for many people, but it does lead to a nicer and bigger stone than if you spent a few hundred bucks. Consider whether you're entirely set on the 0.75 carat weight that this diamond is - or whether you can stretch to buy a larger stone. The James Allen company states that the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's true or not, what picking a diamond with this cut does indicate is that you are serious about getting the highest possible visual performance from the diamond. To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond by itself appears pure white - there isn't a method to detect traces of color in the diamond utilizing just the naked eye without nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range.

VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions that may or may not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but rarely visible with the naked eye - although it can occur sometimes.

This diamond's girdle ("Thin to slightly thick") will have an effect on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.75

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $3700

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 55.6%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 5.81*5.86*3.61

Item number: 1334672

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