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 1.56 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Why bother spending the extra money for a colorless diamond, when you can so easily change to a G color such as this VS1 clarity stone and save some serious dollars.

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Make sure to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 1.56 carat weight this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties may open up. The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted" - I suggest consulting my article on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. 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.

A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but don't want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to look in.

Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are looking to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

In analyzing the $16340 price for this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.56

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $16340

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.41*7.43*4.60

Item number: 1268500

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