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: This 1.01 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Because the photo here is at high magnification, you can look over it carefully to check for any large defects and inclusions which are often present in SI1 clarity diamonds.

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A stone that has no girdle is often referred to as a "knife-edge" girdle diamond; this lack of a girdle alters the shape of the diamond. The visual appearance of this diamond will be good because of its Premium cut, although inferior to the more costly higher cut grades.

This SI1 clarity stone is a potential great bargain, with the proviso it is eye clean. You can go over the high resolution photo closely to work out whether the diamond presents well from on top, which;this is where the diamond will primarly be viewed from. A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some money but do not want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within. Spending $5610 on a stone nets one a well above average diamond, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond.

If you are looking at this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve another property of the diamond which don't affect size, you may wish to reduce the 1.01 carat weight of this diamond.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.01

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $5610

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.8%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.50*6.52*3.90

Item number: 1351650

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