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: 1.62 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

A selection of people will tell you that a diamond with a G color rating really belongs in the pure white range.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.62

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $16700

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.51*7.58*4.69

Item number: 1301683

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In analyzing the $16700 price for this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. The G color of this diamond provides great value, as it is not a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F. If you're a careful online purchaser, this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. Consider if you're really set on the 1.62 carat weight that this diamond is - or whether you are able to stretch for a larger stone.

The Girdle Thickness for this stone is "Thin to medium" - you can consult my piece on diamond girdles if you want to find out more concerning how girdle thickness can be important. Several diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the case here) perfect in terms of proportions and the general shape.