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 0.96 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Some buyers on a tight budget will probably be searching within the lower color grades - say J, this G color SI1 clarity diamond offers a touch of quality.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.96

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $4260

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.3%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Good


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.43*6.47*3.82

Item number: 1348668

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SI is short for for Slightly Included; that means this SI1 stone has inclusions which are definitely visible at 10 x magnification and may often be visible to the naked eye, but which offer the opportunity for significant price discounts if they're not. The size of this diamond is 0.96 carats - but make sure you check out the other diamonds for sale with a similar 0.96 weight which may have a more desirable combination of properties and price. For a cost of $4260, this diamond is smack-bang within the middle range of diamonds being purchased for diamond engagement ring settings. Since this diamond is a Premium cut diamond, it offers excellent value for your dollar, not attracting the price tag added to the higher cut gradings, while still providing decent optical performance.

A stone that has no girdle is often referred to as a knife-edge girdle diamond; this lack of a girdle alters the shape of the diamond. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but do not wish to waste it, this is a great color range to do your searching within.