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 Searching is Done: 0.84 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Because the photo here is at high magnification, you can look over it carefully to try and find any large defects and inclusions which are often present in diamonds in the SI clarity range.

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To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to slightly thick" girdle of this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness. An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important). This diamond's $3400 price is a major chunk of money for most people, but the tradeoff is a nicer and bigger stone compared to if you spent a few hundred dollars.

The Hearts & Arrows cut of this diamond places it in the top 1% of diamonds on the marketplace at the moment in terms of cut quality. This cut is the top cut sold by James Allen and guarantees the highest diamond brilliance. By decreasing the size of this stone (0.84 carats), you may be able to save a substantial amount of money that can help out with other expenses. If you're a little hesitant from the photo of the SI1 clarity diamond on this page whether the diamond is eye-clean, try contacting a James Allen representative and asking them to specially assess the diamond for you - the staff member will give you an honest response.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.84

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $3400

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 55.6%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.02*6.04*3.74

Item number: 1351305

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