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: 1.21 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H Color diamond is cheaper than superior color rated diamonds due to a number of reasons, first and foremost because it is not as rare and is therefore less costly.

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For $7350, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical as you look at this diamond. VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions which may or may not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but rarely visible with the naked eye - although it can occur on the odd occasion. If you look at this 1.21 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", think about whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties, for example color or cut so you can go for a larger diamond. This H color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between quality and budget, allowing one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.21

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7350

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.1%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.96*6.99*4.12

Item number: 1349528

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