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).

Selected for You: 0.41 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The clarity rating of VS1 for this stone means it is pretty much guaranteed to be eye-clean - so you shouldn't have to worry about checking for inclusions.

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Usually VS1 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating in terms of purchasing online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to assess the inclusions for yourself. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to slightly thick") can have an important role in the size presented by the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article.

This diamond's ticket price of $910 means it is firmly in the cheapest group of stones which might be used in an engagement ring setting. The carat weight of this diamond is 0.41 carats - be sure to check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 0.41 weight which might have a more desirable combination of properties and price. A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some money but don't wish to waste it, this is a great color range to do your searching within.

The Hearts & Arrows cut of this stone places it in the upper 1% of diamonds on the market today in terms of cut grading. This cut is the highest cut offered by James Allen and guarantees the highest diamond brilliance.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.41

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $910

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.4%

Table: 55.3%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 4.78*4.82*2.95

Item number: 1253649

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