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 Find: A 1.09 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This is a H color diamond, situated within the almost colorless group of diamonds and possesses excellent value for money, being a basically colorless diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.09

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $6540

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 6.56*6.58*4.11

Item number: 1349773

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The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my article on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. Make sure to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 1.09 carat weight of this diamond, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties can open up. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating for purchasing online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself.

For $6540, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this stone. The H color of this diamond provides great value, as it is not a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has very good proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics.