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: 1.63 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Getting a diamond that presents "clean" to the eye is the name of the game with this SI1 clarity, G color diamond - but this is made easier by having the zoom photo shown here.

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This G color diamond is less colored than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between money considerations and quality, enabling one to have more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. This SI1 clarity stone is a potential great bargain, with the proviso it is eye clean. Try examining the high resolution photo in detail to check whether the diamond looks good from on top, which;this is where the diamond will mostly be seen from.

Spending $12340 on a diamond gets you a diamond well above the cut, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. The girdle of this diamond ("Medium") has an effect on the diamond; don't ignore it completely. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. Think about if you are really set on the 1.63 carat weight of this diamond - perhaps you are able to stretch to buy a slightly larger rock.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.63

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $12340

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.53*7.58*4.67

Item number: 1318434

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