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: 0.52 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The key with buying an SI clarity diamond like this diamond is to make sure of any eye-visible inclusions.

Sponsored Links

Diamonds never leave you... men do! Shirley Bassey .

Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to slightly thick") can play an important role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article. The James Allen company states that the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's true or not, picking a diamond with this cut grading does indicate is that you are serious about obtaining the highest possible visual performance from the diamond. SI is short for for Slightly Included; that means that this SI1 stone has inclusions which are certainly visible at a zoom level of ten times and possibly to the naked eye, but which provide the potential for bargains if they're not. Through decreasing the size of this stone (0.52 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars that can go towards other costs.

By using only $1180 on the diamond, one can save more cash to use for other costs, for example a wedding reception. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some money but do not want to waste it, this is a sensible color range to look in.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.52

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $1180

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 55.9%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 5.13*5.18*3.21

Item number: 1255600

Click here to see the diamond at James Allen.

Click here to search for other diamonds at James Allen.