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 - 1.12 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This diamond is with respect to color and clarity a quite nice diamond, since it is in the colorless range and also contains inclusions that can only generally be visually detected using a scope with magnification.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.12

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $10310

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.65*6.66*4.14

Item number: 1350574

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For $10310, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this stone. If you look at this 1.12 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", consider whether you can compromise by reducing other properties such as color or cut so you can get for a bigger diamond. The Girdle Thickness for this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my article on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can be important. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

To the naked eye, this F color diamond by itself appears completely white and pure - there is no method to detect any color in it using only the naked eye and no other nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range. If you are a careful online buyer, then this VS1 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.