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 1.74 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Looking carefully under a scope at an SI1 clarity diamond in person or finding a high resolution image of it (as in this case) is critical to avoiding large inclusions that are picked up by the eye.

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If you are unsure from the photo of the SI1 clarity diamond on this page whether the diamond is eye-clean, try contacting a James Allen sales rep and requesting them to specially analyse the diamond for you - they will give you an honest response. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. By lowering the size of this stone (1.74 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money which will go towards other expenses. An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring).

For more information on the "Medium, faceted" girdle for this diamond, check out the article about girdles. For $15970, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical when you're looking at this stone.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.74

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $15970

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.71*7.67*4.79

Item number: 1351228

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