1.00 Carat F VVS2 Oval Cut Diamond for under $6500

I have a beautiful diamond for you today. It is 1 carat, and you can see by the image that it is very well cut.

Carat weight:1.00





L/W/D (mm): 7.19 mm x 5.77 mm x 3.73 mm

Check it out here:


This diamond will give the impression of being quite large for a 1 carat diamond since on side is 7.19 mm. A 1 carat round diamond will have a maximum of 6.5 mm in width. See this example.

James Allen have recently added a very cool feature and it is just the thing an online shopper would dream to find, particularly when looking for diamonds: a 360° view of the diamond you want to buy. Their previous method of viewing a diamond through a virtual loupe was cool, but this one is going to knock your socks off. The view of the diamond rotates  360° allowing you to see it from all angles. This is really going to blow the competition out of the water as no one else (that I know of) is displaying their diamonds this way.

This gives us as shoppers much more confidence when buying a diamond. Some of the fancy cuts are known to present certain problems and you really want to be able to get a good look at them if you are after something else than the standard round of princess cut diamond. I hardly need to point out the perfection of this diamond by going through the diamond’s grading report. In this case it is a Diamond Dossier so it is less detailed than a full grading report, but that also means it is $100 to $150 cheaper than a diamond with a full grading report. What it does tell us is that the stone has no fluorescence, which is good. See my article about diamond fluorescence for more information about this phenomenon.

oval cut diamond
Click image to go to this diamond at JamesAllen.com



No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

Most Beautiful 1 Carat Signature Princess Cut Diamond

This is an incredible diamond. Look at its ASET image and you will know instantly that you have got a truly rare treasure here. And you’ll get it in time for Valentine’s day!



Extra bonus: Image of the actual diamond (not a stock photo).

I have emphasized the characteristics which I deem extremely valuable and make this diamond stand out among all others.

Click image to go directly to this Princess Cut diamond at Brian Gavin diamonds
Click image to go directly to this Princess Cut diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds

Type Brian Gavin Signature
Product ID: AGS-104061658001
Shape: Princess
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.023
Color: H
Clarity: VVS1
Measurements: 5.46 x 5.39 x 4.06
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal
Light Performance: Ideal
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal
Table %: 66.2
Depth %: 75.3
Crown %: 11.9
Crown Angle: 38.1
Star %: –
Pav Angle: 40.1
Pavillion %: 59.1
Lower Girdle %: –
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle Min-Max %: 3.7 – 4.9
Girdle: Medium To Slightly Thick Faceted


this diamond gets my “No Regrets” stamp of approval.

No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

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Most Beautiful Cushion Cut Diamond (1 carat)

Cushion cut diamonds are the diamond of choice for many savvy diamond buyers.

English: Nearly octahedral diamond crystal in ...

Due to the form of a diamond, cutting the diamond into a round shape results in some loss of mass. There are plenty of advantages to buying a round diamond, such as being able to buy a diamond that is of a lower color grade without noticing the difference. However not everyone wants to go for a lower color grade.

If you want a higher color grade then princess (which is essentially the square cut), asscher (also called emerald cut), or cushion cut would present a very attractive option. Less diamond has to be chipped away to make these shapes as they are much closer to the original shape of the diamond when it is initially mined. The image seen here is what a natural diamond looks like when unearthed. The most frequent process applied is to cut this rough diamond into two. Any final shape that is somewhat square will save more of the diamond from getting cut away. ‘This can often result in a lower cost per carat. The round brilliant shape has the best light performance, but there are a few diamond cutters who manage to make the other shapes also perform extremely well.

Cushion cut diamonds may be sought by people who think that the corners of the princess diamond may be vulnerable to chipping. It is only a very small risk, but some people want to play it safe and therefore choose a cushion cut diamond, or an emerald cut diamond. If you want an emerald/asscher diamond I wrote an article on what to look for in those types of cuts here.

Click image to be taken directly to this diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds website
Click image to be taken directly to this cushion cut diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds website

The Catch of The day is this very fine Cushion cut diamond which you can see performs beautifully.

This cushion cut diamond has been cut by Brian Gavin, one of the world’s finest diamond cutters, and one that never ceases to impress me due to his attention to detail.

The listing includes an ASET image which is even better than a mere photograph as it shows you not only the diamond’s symmetry, but its light performance.


Type Brian Gavin Select
Product ID: 104061059003
Shape: Cushion
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.041
Color: G
Clarity: VS1
Measurements: 6.06 x 0.00 x 4.07
Lab Cut Grade:
Light Performance:
Polish: Excellent
Symmetry: Excellent


Table %: 58.6
Depth %: 67.4
Crown %: 15.7
Crown Angle: 36.9
Star %:
Pav Angle: 42.1
Pavillion %: 47.9
Lower Girdle %:
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle Min-Max %:
Girdle: Thin To Slightly Thick Faceted



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Ideal Cut Diamond: Round, 1.05 Ct

Excellent Loose Diamond Perfect for Engagement Ring.

1.05 Carat H-SI2 Ideal Cut Round Diamond
Item: Loose diamond
Shape: RoundCarat Weight: 1.05
Cut: Ideal
Color: H
Clarity: SI2
Certificate: AGS
Depth: 62.2%
Table: 54.6%
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal
Culet: None
Fluorescence: Negligible
Measurements: 6.47 mm x 6.52 mm  x 4.04 mm
Crown Angle: 34.7
Crown %: 15.60
Pavilion Angle: 40.8
Pavilion %: 43.10



This diamond has beautiful symmetry. Looking at this diamond’s certificate we can see that it has received the highest grade in Light Performance, Polish, and Symmetry from AGS Laboratories. This is one of the top diamond labs, and if they say it is a good diamond, then it is a good diamond. The image we see above is a highly magnified image, which allows us to see a few tiny inclusions which make this diamond unique. As these inclusions are so small they do not hinder the overall beauty of the diamond and are not noticeable to the unaided eye. The actual size is on average 6.5 mm across, so if you were to shrink the above image so that the diamond has a 6.5 mm diameter you’ll have an idea of how tiny those inclusions are.

This Ideal Cut Loose Diamond can be added to a ring. Since it is over 1 carat it will be perfect for an engagement ring. It is available at James Allen:


When you get to see loose diamonds, and can compare various colors, you can definitely see the attraction of getting a diamond with a color grading of H. They are very beautiful, and this diamond is no exception, even with the minor traces of inclusions. The inclusions in this diamond are added crystals, and are not impurities. Many jewelers see inclusions like this as mere fingerprints, unique birthmarks, and small ones like this one has, do not detract from the beauty as they are not visible to the unaided eye. What we like to call “eye-clean”.

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Princess Cut Diamond: A Real Treasure! 1.057 carat F VS1 Brian Gavin Signature

Princess cut diamonds have been growing in popularity and I can see a few reasons why.

I have just been holding two 1 carat diamonds and examining them side by side. One is a round brilliant cut and the other is a princess cut. Even though they are both 1 carat, I find that the princess cut diamond just looks a little bigger. I was discussing this with another jeweler and she was saying that it was because of the particular setting, but I wasn’t entirely in agreement with her on this. The settings were both prong settings and not that different from each other. I suppose this can be debated forever since I was only talking about the appearance of which one “looked” bigger.

The reason I think princess cut diamonds are getting so popular is related to their price per carat, their nice name, and their sparkle.

They do really sparkle.

Princess cut diamonds have more facets than round brilliants. The standard round brilliant cut has 58 facets and the princess cut has 76 facets. What do more facets mean? Well, more facets mean that when it’s in the light, the light gets divided up more ways and as a result you’ll have more fire and brilliance. With a greater amount of reflectors you get a greater number of points from which light bounces, refracts, and disperses. The end result is that the princess diamond really does seem to be made out of a magical substance, stardust, and pure light beams.

Today I have found a magnificent princess cut diamond for you that is going to knock your socks off!

This is it:



princess cut diamond 1.057 carat F color VS1 clarity

And not only do we get an image of the actual diamond, we also get an AGS Laboratories report: http://www.agslab.com/pdf_sync_reports/104047876017-PLDQR.PDF

Having an AGS lab report is a huge bonus because this means we have a Computer Generated Light Performance Map, only available on AGS Lab’s grading reports. If you don’t know how to read those, well, the simplest rule of thumb is this: the more brightness on the Computer Generated Light Performance Map the better, along with a distinct area, but not overwhelming, area of contrast.

Princess Cut Diamond with actual photo
This listing has the actual photo of the diamond. Not a stock photo. Examine it up close with the online magnifier.

This diamond gets my No Regrets Stamp of Approval.

No Regrets stamp of approval for this princess diamond


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Where can I find a heart shaped diamond?

Today I received a request for a recommendation on where to find heart shaped diamonds.

Many online diamond vendors don’t list heart diamonds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them to order one in. This is the same situation if you go to any jeweler within driving distance. Hearts will rarely  be in stock, and if they are in stock they will be quite expensive.

Thanks to internet shopping we can access quite a large selection of heart diamonds. Three places you can actually browse for heart shaped diamonds and find a decent selection. Heart diamonds are found at JamesAllenDiamonds-USA and BlueNile. A quick search at BlueNile,  gave me 250 to choose from. I didn’t include very small ones nor ones with inferior characteristics. However, BlueNile doesn’t have photos of the actual diamonds. This is why I am hesitant to recommend buying hearts at BlueNile.

Cutting a diamond into a heart shape is very tricky. The shape of the heart will vary from one Ideal cut heart to another Ideal cut heart. This is because there is no single set of geometrical requirements for optimum brilliance as there are for round diamonds.  Actually even with round diamonds there are all sorts of variations which still make for a very brilliant diamond.

Having said that I do notice some diamonds cut into a heart shape which receive an Excellent cut grade still have a bit of a squashed look. If you are going through the trouble of finding a heart shaped diamond ou want to make sure it’s a nicely porportioned heart, the kind that we think of as a classic heart shape. For this you need a photo. Not a stock photo. An actual photo of the diamond you will get.

So this is why I am very excited about today’s Catch of The Day

I narrowed today’s search down to one beautiful and very competitively priced heart diamond from Diamonds-USA. I was very pleased to see that the listing includes an actual photo of the diamond.

Astoundingly it is 1.2 carats, E color, and the shape is fantastic!

heart cut diamond from Diamonds-USA
Click on image to go directly to this diamond

So the question remains. Why is it only $5040?

I believe it is discounted because its grading report says it has slight blue fluorescence. What does this mean? It means that it will glow slightly blue under UV light. Pretty cool. Yes there is UV light coming from the sun all the time so this will make your diamond fluoresce ever so slightly in daylight (or in a tanning salon, or night club with black lights turned on). In daylight this fluorescence can in rare cases detract from the natural sparkle as the glow reduces how the light is turned into fiery brilliance. How often does this happen? Only 1 in 50,000 diamonds that are rated as having fluorescence will be dimmer in daylight. So the odds are in your favor.

Diamonds-USA allow you 10 days to inspect the diamond  before you pay for it, so it’s really a no-risk exercise. All you have to do is look at the diamond in daylight and see if it looks any less sparkly. If it looks cloudy in daylight then you can return it at zero cost to you. You could even call Diamonds-USA and ask them to do this for you if you prefer. And you stand a good chance of having picked up a fantastic bargain. I mean, a 1.2 carat E color* is going to be hard to pass up at this price!
*The color of EGL graded diamonds are not to be compared with the color of GIA graded diamonds as they have a different set of master stones from which they assign the grade.

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The One

Ok, enough beating around the bush. I know that the average person who goes into a jewelry shop wants a round brilliant 1 carat diamond. Then when the sales person sees the look on their face when they find out it’s $20,000 they are pointed toward the cluster rings.

Well, if you are shopping online you certainly won’t need to spend $20,000 for a 1 carat round brilliant.

Today we are going in search of a 1 carat diamond. And since it is a one carat diamond we are not going to go for any that are poorly cut, or have any visible inclusions.

So we have gone straight to the section at James Allen that lists the Hearts and Arrows diamonds called True Hearts. They are all better than Excellent cuts. With James Allen you get to see exactly what you are going to get since they have magnified images of the diamonds they offer for sale. The images are neutral so you don’t get blinded by the sparkle and can actually see how well the diamond is cut and whether or not there are any visible blemishes or unbecoming marks on the stone.

This one is simply WOW!

Shape:  Round
Carat Weight:  1.01
Cut:  Hearts & Arrows Ideal
Color:  H
Clarity:  VVS2
Certificate:  AGS
 Price: $9,620
Depth:  61.2%
Table:  55.6%
Polish:  Ideal
Symmetry:  Ideal
Culet:  None
Fluorescence:  Negligible
Measurements:  6.48*6.50*3.97
Crown Angle: 34.2
Crown %: 15.20
Pavilion Angle: 40.8
Pavilion %: 43.20

The whole idea behind Hearts and Arrows is that the edges of the cut lines align perfectly. So you are already looking at a superior cut when choosing a Hearts and Arrows. Cut is the first thing to concern ourselves with when choosing any diamond so we won’t take it for granted that this is perfect just because it’s a Hearts and Arrows. It’s still nice to look at the magnified image and admire the perfection or check for any signs that it might be below par. I did skip a couple of Hearts and Arrows diamonds that had one of the lines ever so slightly out of alignment. This one I deem to be absolutely tops. The Clarity grade of VVS2 combined with a near colorless H makes this diamond a high grade sparkler!

This gets our No Regrets Stamp of approval without the slightest hesitation.

stamp of approval

Center Diamond: 1 carat, plus 1.05 carats of side stones

Catch of The DaySmaller players in the diamond market often have to try some pretty drastic stunts to get any attention. Diamonds online are already quite a bit cheaper than diamonds in retail shops. But Primestyle have such incredible bargains that you’d be hard pressed to find anything priced any lower.

They’ve got a number of rings on special right now, and I don’t know for how long they will be able to keep these rings at this price as this is quite low. If you want a cut diamond but are hoping to find it close to wholesale price on the internet this is likely going to be as good as it gets. This is the one place you’ll find this kind of bargain where you are dealing with a legitimate jeweler with fair return policy and free shipping.

What is the catch? Well it’s actually not so bad.

The diamonds are graded as I to J color. I is generally acceptable for a Princess cut stone. And as far as inclusions Primestyle give it a VS2 to SI1, which admittedly is on the lower end of what is ideal, but when this is compared to the small fortune that you are saving it seems like an insignificant compromise. The cut is graded by Primstyle as Very Good. While we prefer the cut to be Excellent this is still a very tempting stone as it’s just such a good price.

I think there is virtually no risk of regretting this purchase. And even if there is, Primestyle purchases come with a 30 day money back guarantee. Have a look at the stone once it arrives, and I am sure you’ll see that it’s B-E-A-U-tiful.

When I think of the prices people are paying in local malls I can’t imagine anyone NOT looking online when you can get such incredible deals such as the ones you have at Primestyle at the moment. I saw a stone in the local mall priced at $9,800 and it had so many inclusions that it was way past SI3. But these rings sell because buying a ring is an emotional experience, and it’s not always about the money.

When you have a stone like this one at Primestyle which is of better quality by several degrees you can easily accept that its retail price would be $12,500. I don’t doubt that the local mall jeweler would price it closer to $15,000.

So at $2,824.99 this is definitely a great “Catch Of The Day”

Use the coupon “PS109” to get an additional $30 off.


If we want something real perfect: Here is the perfect diamond.

1.01 carats, Round Diamond, with Very Good Cut, G Color, VVS1 Clarity, and certified by GIA


For some reason today it took me  a while to find something to post for our Catch Of The Day. The diamond that stood out to me was one I finally found at Diamonds-USA. These guys offer an unusual deal in that they let you receive the diamond before you pay for it.

This diamond is graded as VVS1, and I downloaded the Grading Report from GIA (see it here: https://myapps.gia.edu/ReportCheckPortal/getReportData.do?&reportno=2136684143&weight=1.06# )

After looking at dozens of grading reports today I noticed something unusual about this one: it’s a nearly perfect diamond.

As you can see in this screen shot of the grading report the close up on the right is the bottom of the diamond (the pavilion) and that’s where the only inclusion is, which is a pinpoint, so this is practically a perfect diamond:

Being a “G” it is perfect for not only engagement rings but this is a popular choice for anniversary rings or three stone rings.

Here is the link to it: http://www.diamonds-usa.com/diamonds/diamond_details.asp?wizard=Diamonds&Did=993074&MDSID=1&ext=1

Brian Gavin Blue: 1.01 K color, round Signature Cut

Here is the stone which is our

Catch Of The Day

Brian Gavin’s Blue http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.010-k-vs2-round-diamond-ags-104054186001-429

A couple things I want to draw attention to which make this outstanding:

It is over one carat.

The cut grade is Ideal. (as well asLight performance, Polish, AND symmetry! )

VS2 (Brian Gavin always ensures that the inclusions are practically unnoticeable. )

And finally this is what makes it remarkable: It is a BRIAN GAVIN SIGNATURE CUT!

(Warning: you might never buy any other type of diamond after getting a Brian Gavin Diamond)

 Price: $6,177
Type Brian Gavin Blue
Product ID: BLAGS-104054186001
Shape: Round
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.010
Color: K
Clarity: VS2
Measurements: 6.38 x 6.43 x 3.97
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal
Light Performance: Ideal
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal













Table %: 57.2
Depth %: 62.0
Crown %: 15.0
Crown Angle: 34.8
Star %: 54.0
Pav Angle: 40.9
Pavillion %: 43.3
Lower Girdle %: 76.0
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Medium Blue
Girdle Min-Max %: 1.7 – 4.1
Girdle: Thin To Slightly Thick Faceted
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