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 0.51 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond for Purchase

Combining G color with VS1 clarity means this diamond a very nice option for the discerning buyer.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.51

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1760

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.11*5.08*3.19

Item number: 1301760

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While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. The G color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, as it isn't one of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

This diamond's ticket price of $1760 puts it firmly in the cheapest group of diamonds that are considered for an engagement ring setting. Make sure to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 0.51 carat weight of this diamond, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties can become available.

The girdle of this diamond ("Medium, faceted") will have an influence on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely. If you are buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is really the minimumclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects.