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 1.26 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

For your viewing I have sourced a 1.26 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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In analyzing the $9130 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick") can have an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.26

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $9130

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: Very Small

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.92*6.94*4.32

Item number: 1256491

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