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 Today 0.60 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

An important thing to do when buying an SI clarity stone like this diamond is to make sure of any eye-visible inclusions.

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For any diamond, a cost of $1460 really places it amongst the lowest price group of diamonds, even more so in the context of engagement rings. Take note of this diamond's girdle description - "Thin to medium" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.

The G color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, as it isn't one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. Place this 0.60 carat size in perspective as you consider your purchasing choices - there are going to be other stones in the same size range that can offer more in terms of their price and characteristics. SI is short for for Slightly Included, which means this SI1 stone has inclusions that are definitely visible at 10 x magnification and may often be visible to the naked eye, but which offer the potential for bargains if they're not. This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish ratings.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.6

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $1460

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 55.6%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.45*5.48*3.34

Item number: 1345633

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