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 1.03 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H color, 1.03 carat diamond is an appropriate option for a person searching for a combination of value and whiteness.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.03

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $6640

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.44*6.48*4.03

Item number: 1317135

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An untrained eye won't notice the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important). If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with visible inclusions. If you're checking out this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve other characteristics of the diamond which don't affect size, you may wish to reduce the 1.03 carat size for this diamond to achieve that end. In analyzing the $6640 price for this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

Do not ignore diamond characteristics beside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - which can be important for reasons outlined in the article on girdles on this website.