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).

This 0.32 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond for You

The clarity rating of VS1 in this diamond means it is pretty much guaranteed to be eye-clean - so you shouldn't have to worry about checking for inclusions.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.32

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $600

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.2%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.42*4.35*2.77

Item number: 1233802

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Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. Make sure to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 0.32 carat size this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties might become available.

To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to slightly thick" girdle of this diamond, have a read of the article about girdles. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, allowing you to have more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. This diamond's pricetag of $600 puts it firmly a member of the cheapest group of diamonds which might be used in an engagement ring setting. Because this diamond is a Premium cut diamond, it offers fantastic value for your dollar, since it doesn't attract the price premium of the higher cut gradings, despite still providing decent optical performance.