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).

Today's Diamond - 1.11 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

When stepping up to get such good properties - the G color and VS1 clarity - make sure you don't shortchange yourself by getting a poor cut of diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.11

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $8050

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 6.60*6.63*4.14

Item number: 1311534

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Many different diamond sellers will provide an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the case here) perfect in terms of proportions and the general shape. Place this 1.11 carat size in perspective when you consider your diamond options - there are going to be other stones of about the same size that could provide more in terms of their price and characteristics.

This diamond's girdle ("Medium to slightly thick, faceted") has an effect on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely.

Throwing $8050 on a stone gets one a well above average diamond, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money. The G color of this diamond offers great value, as it isn't a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

If you're a cautious online buyer, this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.