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 G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

You should factor in you're going to pay more for this nearly colorless diamond than for a budget color diamond, and also to pay for the VS1 clarity rating that is quite a bit more expensive than an SI1 clarity stone.

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Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all. Mark Twain .

A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some money but don't wish to waste it, this is a sensible color range to look in. Despite the fact this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're looking to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

Think about whether you are really set on the 1.26 carat weight of this diamond - or whether you can extend a bit more to buy a bigger stone.

A stone with no girdle is often referred to as a knife-edge girdle diamond; this lack of a girdle alters the shape of the diamond. The visual appearance of this diamond will be quite good due to its Premium cut, although not quite as good as the more costly higher cut grades. In analyzing the $9790 price for this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.26

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $9790

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.1%

Table: 61.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good


Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 7.06*7.08*4.18

Item number: 1351679

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