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 - 1.75 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Although buyers with a low budget will usually be playing within the J color SI1 range, this G color SI1 clarity diamond offers a touch of quality.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.75

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $15540

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.0%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.79*7.82*4.76

Item number: 1348158

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For more information on the "Medium" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness. The SI clarity range (which this SI1 clarity diamond is included in) is the happy hunting ground for diamond bargain hunters. Look for a diamond that is "clean" to the naked eye, either by going over the diamond in person, or by checking out an online enlarged photo of the diamond. If you're looking at this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve another property of the diamond which don't affect size, think about downgrading the 1.75 carat weight for this diamond to achieve that end.

In analyzing the $15540 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

Most consumers won't see the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). The Ideal cut means the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness.