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 Find: A 0.73 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Good Cut Round Cut Diamond

There's going to be a little price hike to get the VS1 clarity rating of this diamond instead of getting a VS2 diamond, as well as the obvious pricetag associated with getting a colorless F diamond.

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The chance in color between any adjacent colors from the D-E-F color range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, meaning this F color diamond is not distinguishable when compared with diamonds rated one color either side of it. Pay attention to this diamond's girdle description - "Slightly thick to thick, faceted" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, try reading my short explanation of girdle thicknesses. The Good cut of this stone means it is the lowest cut grading sold by James Allen. If your diamond searching goals emphasize other qualities such as diamond color and carat size, then this may be a sacrifice you're willing to make. Make sure to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 0.73 carat size this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties may open up. If you're buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is basically the lowestclarity rating you can go for without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects.

$3080 will get you a decent quality and size stone, including this particular one.

Treason is like diamonds; there is nothing to be made by the small trader. Douglas Jerrold .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.73

Cut: Good

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $3080

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.2%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.71*5.68*3.60

Item number: 1335904

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