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 0.74 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Expect to pay for the almost completely colorless G color of this diamond, and also to pay for the VS1 clarity rating that is significantly dearer than SI1 clarity.

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This diamond's girdle ("Medium to slightly thick") will have an effect on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely. The size of this diamond is 0.74 carats - be sure to check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 0.74 weight that may have a better combinations of properties and price. If you're a cautious online buyer, this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.

This diamond's $3000 cost is a major investment for most people, but the tradeoff is a superior stone compared to if you were to only spend a few hundred bucks. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below; it's a great compromise between quality and budget, enabling one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.74

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $3000

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.78*5.83*3.61

Item number: 1349833

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