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 Tonight 0.47 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This VS1 clarity diamond is a slight improvement over a VS2 clarity diamond, the step up in clarity grading comes from there being fewer or smaller inclusions, or because the location of the inclusion is more favourable to the presentation of the diamond (for example if it is hidden from sight).

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.47

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1200

Certificate: IGI

Depth: 61.2%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Medium to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.03*5.04*3.08

Item number: 1239846

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F color diamonds are virtually colorless - they are included in the pure white group of diamonds. By using only $1200 on the diamond, you can save more cash to use for other expenses such as the wedding. Pay attention to this diamond's girdle description - "Medium to thick" - if you're unsure about girdles, try reading my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.

The size of this diamond is 0.47 carats - but make sure you check out the other diamonds for sale with a similar 0.47 weight that may have a more desirable combination of properties and price. The visual appearance of this diamond will be good due to its Premium cut, although inferior to the more costly higher-rated cut grades. If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS1 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects.