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: This 1.22 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

I've located you a nice 1.22 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.22

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $8660

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.89*6.92*4.26

Item number: 1304116

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Put this 1.22 carat weight in perspective as you weigh up your buying options - there are going to be other diamonds in the same size range that could provide more in terms of their price and characteristics. For more information on the "Medium" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness. Although this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are looking to save some money, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person.

Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. Throwing $8660 on a diamond nets one a diamond well above the cut, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money.