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 Over: 1.41 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

You will be paying a slight price premium to get the VS1 clarity grading for this stone instead of getting a VS2 diamond, as well as the obvious pricetag associated with getting a diamond in the colorless range.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.41

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $15060

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.14*7.21*4.47

Item number: 1326719

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If you eyeball this 1.41 carat stone and immediately say, "that stone is too small", ponder whether you can compromise by lowering another property such as clarity so you can get for a bigger diamond. The chance in color between any neighbouring colors in the D-E-F range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, meaning this F color diamond is indistinguishable when compared with diamonds rated one color either side of it. If you're a cautious online buyer, then this VS1 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.

In analyzing the $15060 cost of this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Slightly thick" - you can consult my article on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond.