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

This H color, 1.06 carat diamond is an excellent option for a person looking for a unbeatable blend of pureness and price-effectiveness.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.06

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $6840

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.5%

Table: 55.8%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.55*6.59*4.04

Item number: 1351299

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Don't neglect properties beside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - which can be important due to reasons discussed in my girdle thickness article. Although this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are looking to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. The Hearts & Arrows cut of this diamond places it in the upper 1% of diamonds on the marketplace today in terms of cut grading. This cut is the top cut sold by James Allen and guarantees the highest diamond sparkle. The size of this stone is 1.06 carats - be sure to check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 1.06 weight that may have a more desirable combination of properties and price.