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).

Take a look at: 1.17 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This F incolor VS1 clarity diamond is a little more expensive than an equivalent VS2, F color stone due to the increased clarity rating.

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Put this 1.17 carat size in perspective as you weigh up your diamond options - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range which can offer more in terms of their price and properties. This diamond's girdle ("Thin to medium") will have an effect on the diamond, and should not be neglected entirely. Typically VS1 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity grading for purchasing online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo of the diamond to assess the defects for yourself. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless, meaning they are included in the pure white group of diamonds. Spending $11980 on a stone nets you a well above average diamond, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money.

A Hearts & Arrows cut diamond displays several distinct patterns when viewed from different angles. From on top, the diamond displays an arrow-like pattern (this is the reason for the "arrow" description). Viewing from side, the diamond has a pattern of eight heart shapes (hence the name "hearts").

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.17

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $11980

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 55.3%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.75*6.81*4.19

Item number: 1307878

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