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 Evening's Diamond - 1.32 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

The F color of this diamond is suitably paired with the good clarity rating of VS1, which gives you either less inclusions or alternatively somewhat smaller inclusions than a VS2 diamond.

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Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium, faceted") can have an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article. For $12850, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical when you're looking at this diamond. F color diamonds are very colorless, meaning they are included in the pure white group of diamonds. Through lowering the size of this stone (1.32 carats), it's possible you might save a few dollars that can help out with other costs.

VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions which may or may not be visible under 10x magnification, but rarely visible with the naked eye - but it can occur sometimes. The cut rating of this diamond (Premium) has it right inbetween cut quality and diamond pricing considerations.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.32

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $12850

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.1%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.11*7.13*4.28

Item number: 1335861

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