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 Find: A 0.51 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This VS1 clarity diamond is a slight improvement over a VS2 clarity diamond - the higher rating is given when there are fewer or smaller inclusions, or when the inclusion is positioned such that it is more favourable to the presentation of the diamond (for example if it is hidden from sight).

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This diamond's girdle ("Thin to medium") has an influence on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely. Spending only $1770 on the diamond, you can save more cash to use for other expenses, for example a wedding reception. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics. To the naked eye, this F color diamond by itself appears completely white and pure - there isn't a method to detect any color in the diamond using just the human eye and no other nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range.

VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions which might or might not be visible at 10x magnification, but are almost never visible with the naked eye - however it can occur on the odd occasion.

Put this 0.51 carat weight in perspective when you consider your purchasing options - there are for sure other diamonds of about the same size that might offer more in terms of their cost and characteristics.

Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust. John Webster .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.51

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $1770

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.9%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.18*5.20*3.11

Item number: 1352623

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