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 1.14 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

This H Color diamond is cheaper when compared with superior color rated diamonds due to a number of reasons, including the fact that it is not as rare and hence doesn't attract the super expensive price tag.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.13

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $6760

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.9%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.66*6.71*4.20

Item number: 1345857

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Put this 1.13 carat size in the right reference frame as you weigh up your purchasing choices - there are going to be other stones of about the same size that could provide more with regards to their price and characteristics. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics. If you're buying blind online, then VS2 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects.

The H color of this diamond provides great value, as it is not one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to medium" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Chinese Proverb .