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.

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