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 Search is Finished: 1.03 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This diamond has an interesting coupling of a quite good color rating of G, combined with a sometimes shaky SI1 clarity rating - this means you need to check the clarity yourself in the photo.

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For $6110, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this stone. Take note of this diamond's girdle description - "MED-SLTK F" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my girdle thickness article. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some money but do not wish to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within. The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. Through reducing the size of this diamond (1.03 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money that can go towards other expenses.

If you can view the diamond in person or examine zoomed in photos of the diamond (like the one for this SI1 clarity diamond), this is where the most valuable deals are to be found - finding an SI1 or SI2 stone which is "eye clean" is a fulfilling experience that pays off in terms of money saved.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.03

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $6110

Certificate: IGI

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 54.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: MED-SLTK F

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.51*6.48*4.03

Item number: 1342573

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