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).

Tonight's Diamond - 1.26 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This stone has a VS1 clarity rating to go along with its F color grading, which will on average give you a diamond containing defects that take away to a lesser degree from the attractiveness of the stone.

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Remember to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.26 carat weight of this diamond, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties might open up. F color diamonds are virtually colorless - they are included in the pure white group of diamonds. Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Thin to medium" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, try reading my girdle thickness article. Despite the fact this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to save some money, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. Throwing $13430 towards a diamond nets you a diamond well above the cut, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending this amount of money on a diamond.

According to James Allen, the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's relevant to you, what picking a diamond with this cut rating does suggest is that you are serious about obtaining the best possible visual appearance from the diamond.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.26

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $13430

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.5%

Table: 56.4%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.91*6.98*4.28

Item number: 1307882

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