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

The pairing of F color and eye-clean appearance in this diamond ensures pretty much a diamond that appears clean to the naked eye, without even needing to inspect it, and you also get a diamond which is colorless.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.21

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $9400

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.78*6.82*4.24

Item number: 1339115

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If you are a careful online purchaser, then this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. Through decreasing the carat weight of this diamond (1.21 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money which can go towards other costs. To the naked eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears completely white and pure - there is no method to detect any color in the diamond utilizing just the naked eye without nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range.

This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish characteristics. Spending $9400 towards a stone nets you a diamond well above the cut, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money.

Do not neglect properties beside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - which can be important due to reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website.