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 - 1.16 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

An F color diamond like this F colored stone will present as pure white, unless you hold it side by side with a diamond of D color and if you did you probably wouldn't be able to tell anyway.

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Remember to have a look at neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.15 carat weight this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties can open up. In analyzing the $9350 cost for this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. F color diamonds are usually described as the colorless diamonds, being some of the purest white diamonds you can get. With regards to cut alone, a Hearts and Arrows cut diamond is as close to a perfect diamond as you can hope for. This very rare of diamond cuts is made available to the consumer who is following a special interest in maximizing the cut of the diamond, and as a result the appearance of the diamond resulting from its excellent light retention qualities.

Don't ignore diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - which can be important due to reasons discussed in my girdle thickness article.

VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions that might or might not be visible under 10x magnification, but almost never visible with the naked eye - however it can occur occasionally.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.15

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $9350

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 54.8%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.74*6.79*4.17

Item number: 1351282

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