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: 1.10 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

I've found you a nice 1.10 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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Several diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape. Spending $7480 towards a diamond gets you a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money. Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are looking to reduce expenditure, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.1

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7480

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.7%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 6.64*6.69*4.05

Item number: 1342810

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