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

The F color rating for this diamond is nicely complemented by the high clarity rating of VS1; this means it has either less inclusions or rather, somewhat smaller in size inclusions than a VS2 stone.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.8

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $27360

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.77*7.83*4.82

Item number: 1336916

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Weighing up the $27360 cost for this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will sparkle significantly more in comparison to lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. 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, you may wish to reduce the 1.80 carat size for this diamond to achieve that end.

The chance in color between any adjacent colors in the D-E-F color range is only detectable in a lab, with the significance that this F color diamond is not distinguishable when compared with diamonds rated one color either side of it. This diamond's girdle ("Thin to slightly thick") will have an influence on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely. If you are a cautious online buyer, then this VS1 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.