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 1.45 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Why bother spending the extra money for a "pure" white diamond in the colorless range, when you can so easily change to a G color, VS1 clarity diamond and put the extra money saved towards the honeymoon.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.45

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $12720

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.17*7.20*4.47

Item number: 1336920

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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. Through lowering the carat weight of this stone (1.45 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars that can help out with other expenses. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions which might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but almost never visible with the naked eye - although it can happen occasionally. This diamond's girdle is "Medium to thick", which plays a impact on the shine and apparently width of a diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article. Most consumers won't see the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important).

Spending $12720 towards a diamond nets you a well above average diamond, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money.