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).

Searching for a 0.52 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

If you decide to pay the extra money for qualities in a diamond like this one - the G color and VS1 clarity - don't let yourself down by choosing poorly with regards to the diamond's cut grading.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.52

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1600

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.15*5.17*3.23

Item number: 1265622

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The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my article on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. If you are a careful online buyer, this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. Think about whether you are entirely set on the 0.52 carat weight of this diamond - perhaps you can stretch to buy a slightly larger rock. Many different companies will provide an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the overall shape. This diamond's ticket price of $1600 puts it firmly in the least expensive group of diamonds which might be used in an engagement ring setting.

An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important).