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).

Picked for You: 1.01 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Combining G color and VS1 clarity makes a diamond like this one is a very nice option for the discerning shopper.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.01

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $7710

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.4%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.34*6.28*4.00

Item number: 1328361

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Pay attention to this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Slightly thick to thick" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses. If you're a cautious online purchaser, this VS1 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.

Place this 1.01 carat weight in the right reference frame when you weigh up your purchasing choices - there are for sure other stones of about the same size that may offer more in terms of their cost and properties. The cut rating for this diamond (Premium) has it smack bang inbetween quality of cut and cheapness of diamond. This G color diamond is less colored than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between quality and budget, allowing one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. Spending $7710 towards a stone nets you a diamond well above the cut, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money.