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 - 1.61 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

F color VS1 clarity - could you ask for any more? Not much I think, except perhaps a lower price, as there is an increased cost resulting from getting these nice qualities in this diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.61

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $21260

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 60.6%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.58*7.61*4.61

Item number: 1253453

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The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear. Daniel Defoe .

This diamond's girdle is "Thin to medium", which plays a impact on the shine and apparently width of a diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle page. Throwing $21260 on a stone nets you a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. To the naked eye, this F color diamond by itself appears completely white and pure - there isn't a way to detect any color in it utilizing only the human eye and no other nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range. If you're a cautious online buyer, then this VS1 clarity diamond is a good safe option, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.

Through decreasing the size of this stone (1.61 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money which will help out with other expenses.

The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, maximizing attractiveness.