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 1.09 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The VS1 clarity in this diamond means it is pretty much guaranteed to be eye-clean - so you shouldn't have to worry about checking for inclusions.

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Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. Chinese Proverb .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.09

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $7870

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 60.1%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.67*6.70*4.01

Item number: 1298791

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This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between quality and budget, enabling you to have more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. This diamond's girdle is "Thin to medium", which plays a role in the shine and apparently width of a diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article.

Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. Remember to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.09 carat weight this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties may become available. Weighing up the $7870 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. If you're a cautious online purchaser, this VS1 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.