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 Morning's Diamond - 0.85 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

If you decide to pay the extra money for qualities in a diamond like this one - VS1 + G - don't let yourself down by choosing poorly with regards to the diamond's cut grading.

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Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to slightly thick") can play an important role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my article about girdle thickness. The cut property of this diamond (Premium) has it right inbetween quality of cut and cheapness of diamond. By decreasing the size of this stone (0.85 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money that can help out with other expenses. $3670 will allow you to find a good quality diamond, including this particular one.

A G color diamond such as this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but do not wish to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to look in. Although this VS1 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.85

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $3670

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.1%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.02*5.99*3.79

Item number: 1348285

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