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 Find: A 0.77 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Remembering that the photo is quite magnified, slowly examine it to try and find any large defects and inclusions which are often present in SI1 clarity diamonds.

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The James Allen company states that the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's true or not, picking a diamond with this cut does indicate is that you are focused about obtaining the best possible visual qualities out of the diamond. An untrained eye won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important).

Pay attention to this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Thin to slightly thick" - if you're unsure about girdles, try reading my girdle thickness article. If you are not certain from the photo of the SI1 clarity diamond on this page whether it is eye-clean, you can ask a James Allen representative and asking them to specially assess the diamond for you - they will give you an honest response.

If you are checking out this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve another property of the diamond not related to size, you may wish to reduce the 0.77 carat size for this diamond to achieve that end. $2810 will often allow you to find a good quality diamond, including this particular one.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.77

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $2810

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 55.3%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 5.84*5.86*3.64

Item number: 1351307

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