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 1.02 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This 1.02 carat, VS2 clarity diamond is often presented as a "white" diamond , or alternatively as a "near colorless" diamond depending on store.

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Weighing up the $6580 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. The Hearts & Arrows cut of this stone places it in the upper 1% of diamonds on the marketplace at the moment in terms of cut rating. This cut is the highest cut offered by James Allen and ensures the highest diamond sparkle. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating for purchasing online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to assess the defects for yourself. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can have an important role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my article about girdle thickness.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.02

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $6580

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 55.1%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.43*6.47*4.01

Item number: 1351285

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