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 1.31 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

One option with SI1 clarity diamonds is to ask a James Allen member of staff to check the diamond themselves to see whether it is eye-clean, that is after you've already assessed the photo yourself, so you're not wasting time on no-hopers.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.31

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $8470

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.01*7.08*4.37

Item number: 1316048

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Think about if you're entirely set on the 1.31 carat weight that this diamond is - or whether you can stretch for a bigger rock. In analyzing the $8470 price for this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

If you are a little hesitant from the photo of the SI1 clarity diamond on this page whether the diamond is eye-clean, you can ask a James Allen representative and asking them to specially examine the diamond for you - they will give you an honest answer. A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some money but don't want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to look in. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more than lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. This diamond's girdle is "Thin to medium", which can have a impact on the size and sparkle of a diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page.