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: 1.84 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

You should factor in you're going to pay more for this nearly colorless diamond than for a budget color diamond, and also to pay for the VS1 clarity grading that is quite a bit more expensive than an SI1 clarity stone.

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The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear. Daniel Defoe .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.84

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $20680

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.0%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.77*7.83*4.91

Item number: 1329146

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Consider whether you're really set on the 1.84 carat weight that this diamond is - or whether you are able to extend a bit more to buy a larger rock. The cut rating for this diamond (Premium) has it right in the middle of the road between cut quality and cheapness of diamond. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the lowest normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between money considerations and quality, enabling one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. Weighing up the $20680 price for this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

To get some additional pointers on the "Medium to slightly thick" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond has some smaller inclusions which might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but rarely visible using just the naked eye - but it can occur on the odd occasion.