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 Find: This 0.66 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

The price for this G color stone will sit somewhere between the pure colorless rangediamonds and the budget I and J color range of stones.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.66

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1940

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.8%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: Very Small

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 5.46*5.54*3.51

Item number: 1336266

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The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick") has an effect on the diamond, and should not be neglected entirely. This G color diamond is less colored than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below; it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, allowing you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. Think about whether you're entirely set on the 0.66 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you are able to extend a bit more for a bigger diamond. Since this stone is a Premium cut diamond, it provides excellent value for your dollar, not attracting the price tag added to the higher cut gradings, despite still providing reasonable optical properties.

If you're a careful online buyer, then this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. This diamond's pricetag of $1940 means it is firmly in the cheapest group of stones which are considered for an engagement ring setting.