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 Finished: 1.10 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Looking carefully under a scope at an SI1 clarity diamond in person or using the photo (as in this case) will help you avoid large inclusions that are picked up by the eye.

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A G color diamond such as this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you have got some money but don't wish to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to look in. Think about if you're entirely set on the 1.10 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you are able to stretch for a larger stone. If you are not certain from the photo of the SI1 clarity diamond on this page whether the diamond is eye-clean, you can ask a James Allen representative and requesting them to personally examine the diamond and get back to you - the staff member will give you an honest answer. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can play an important role in the size presented by the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article. The James Allen company states that the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's relevant to you, what choosing a diamond with this cut does suggest is that you are serious about obtaining the highest possible visual appearance from the diamond.

For $6470, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this diamond.

Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust. John Webster .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.1

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $6470

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 55.2%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.59*6.64*4.11

Item number: 1255553

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