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).

The Afternoon's Diamond - 1.08 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This VS1 clarity diamond offers a bit of an improvement in clarity over a VS2 clarity diamond - the higher rating is given when there are fewer or smaller inclusions, or because the location of the inclusion is less degrading to the presentation of the diamond (for example if it is hidden from sight).

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.08

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $9400

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.9%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 6.61*6.62*4.03

Item number: 1342839

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For $9400, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical when you're looking at this stone. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions which might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but almost never visible using just the naked eye - but it can happen occasionally. This diamond's girdle is "Medium, faceted", which plays a role in the shine and apparently width of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page. This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry ratings. Place this 1.08 carat weight in perspective when you weigh up your diamond choices - there are for sure other stones of about the same size that could offer more with regards to their price and properties.

To the naked eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears completely white and pure - there isn't a way to detect traces of color in the diamond utilizing just the human eye without nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range.

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