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 Over: 1.88 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Combining G color with VS1 clarity means this diamond a high quality choice for the careful buyer.

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Despite the fact this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to save some money, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. Weighing up the $21670 price of this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. Do not neglect diamond characteristics beside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - which can be important for reasons outlined in my girdle thickness article. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

If you look at this 1.88 carat stone and think to yourself, "that diamond is too small", think about whether you can compromise by reducing other properties, for example clarity so you can get for a larger diamond.

An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring).

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.88

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $21670

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.87*7.89*4.86

Item number: 1304258

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Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles. Thomas Browne .