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 Diamond Ideal Cut 1.54 Carat H Color

1.54 Carat H-SI2 Ideal Cut Princess Diamond
Click image to view this diamond under magnification at James Allen

The time I have spent on diamond hunting today has paid off and I am pleased to present you with a fantastic diamond.

Princess cut diamonds are a popular choice for diamond rings. Not only do they look good in a solitaire setting, they are equally suited for rings with sidestones. (Both options are available at James Allen). Princess cut diamonds are what is termed a “Fancy Cut“, which includes all diamonds not cut into a round brilliant shape. I have noticed that when checking out trends within search terms that one of the most frequently performed searches on the internet by those looking for a diamond (usually for an engagement ring) is for “Princess Cut Diamond” or “Princess Diamond“. So I know that many of you reading this page will be delighted with this stone.

Several things about this diamond make it absolutely tops and I have highlighted those factors in the chart below.

Shape:  Princess
Carat Weight:  1.54
Cut:  Excellent
Color:  H
Clarity:  SI2
Certificate:  GIA
 Price: $8920
Depth:  69.6%
Table:  71.0%
Polish:  Excellent
Symmetry:  Excellent
Fluorescence:  None
Measurements:  6.58*6.54*4.55
Ratio:  1.01

I always recommend going for diamonds with an Excellent cut grade. I have noticed that many online diamond vendors sell heaps of J color diamonds. This is fine for round brilliant diamonds due to the way rounds are engineered, but fancy cut diamonds are at their best when they have a minimum color grade of  I. The one I am presenting here has even less color, being an H.

Buying a diamond online can be done for a number of reasons: More variety; Better prices; Better terms; No pressure. I still think it is hard to beat stepping into a good jeweler’s and seeing diamonds with your own eyes. I’ve just been looking at the difference between an H stone and a K stone, and the difference you get in terms of sparkle from the H stone is really noticeable. All that to say, after choosing to get a diamond with an excellent cut you’ll be very pleased with a diamond that has the least color possible. So this diamond I present to you today is a fantastic H on the color scale. Oh, and did  you notice its size? It is 1.54 carats!  It is going to be hard to find any diamond of this size with these specifications for less than $10,000. The trick I used, which has worked over and over again, was to select a diamond with a lower clarity grade and then examine the GIA grading report (also referred to as a diamond certificate) as well as the high resolution image provided by James Allen. Only after examining the grading report do we see that the SI2 grading is not that severe and does not impact much on the beauty of the diamond. Check it out yourself.

It is also a bonus that there are no issues with fluorescence, even though this is usually of very little concern anyway.

James Allen give you a generous 60 days to inspect the merchandise, and they honour their word about “No questions asked” if there is a need to return it.

Princess diamonds between 1.50-10.00 carat, H color, SI2 clarity, Ideal cut, EX,ID polish, EX,ID symmetry

I give this diamond my No Regrets stamp of approval.

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Cheat codes: How to get a 1 carat diamond for less than $5000

If you’ve shopped around at the local jewelry stores you’ll know that it is virtually impossible to find a good looking 1 carat diamond for less than $5000. When you include $500 to $1200 for the gold or platinum ring you certainly can’t get a 1 carat diamond ring for $5000. This is why so many people are surprised that this is actually possible when they start looking online for their diamond.

Sometimes you can find a very good deal on a 1 carat diamond it is a fancy cut. This is any shape that is other than a round brilliant.

I found a pear shape diamond today which is very reasonably priced.

Here’s the real secret. I managed to narrow the search to include diamonds with an SI2 clarity grading. I don’t dare do this on any other site because no other site lets us see all the diamonds at such high resolution. Many diamond vendors do post a link to the diamond grading report, which I would have to look at if I couldn’t see an image of the diamond.

If choosing a diamond with an SI1 clarity grade, or lower, we must look closely at the diamond to see if the diamond has any inclusion which hampers its ability to sparkle. JamesAllen has such clear photos of the diamonds they make available through their website that we know exactly what we are getting.

Here is our Catch of the Day:

It is a 1.01 ct Pear cut diamond.

You may be aware that another kind of fancy cut, the Marquise cut diamonds, require a very specific length to breadth ratio for there not to be a bow-tie effect. That’s where the light does not reflect through facets in the middle of the Marquise and cause the middle to show a bow-tie shaped dark patch.

Pear cut diamonds do not suffer from this problem. As a matter of fact there is no preferred ratio for pear cut diamonds. It is a matter of personal preference.

The ratio of this particular diamond actually contains a very eye pleasing ratio.

With a length of 8.18mm, this is exactly 69% longer than the width of 5.65mm.

1.01 Carat G-SI2 Ideal Cut Pear Diamond

When setting the parameters to find a diamond like this I made sure the diamond search would only list diamonds with an Ideal/Excellent cut. GIA reports do not include the cut grade for fancy cuts, however they are still sorted according to cut quality by JamesAllen, fortunately for us.

Shape: 	Pear Carat Weight: 	1.01 Cut: 	Excellent Color: 	G Clarity: 	SI2 Certificate: 	GIA Depth: 	63.0% Table: 	53.0% Polish: 	Very Good Symmetry: 	Very Good Girdle: 		 Culet: 	None Fluorescence: 	None Measurements: 	8.18x5.65x3.56 Ratio: 	1.45

Since $3770 is quite a low price for a 1.01 carat diamond I looked very closely at the grading report.

The majority of the inclusions are on the pavilion side of the diamond (the bottom). This is a good thing as this means they can hardly be seen. One long inclusion, identified as a “feather” on the grading report shows through the top ever so slightly as I point out in this photo:

Feather can be barely seen here in this pear cut diamond

Remember this is a magnified view of the diamond. The entire diamond’s actual size is 8mm long. That feather is going to be nearly impossible to see, if not completely impossible to see in reality without a loupe.

Anyway, that’s my catch of the day for today. It has a lot of things going for it. The color is “G”, which is great, far enough removed from the minimum acceptable color for fancies, which would be an “I” color.

I’ve just been looking at diamonds, real diamonds, that is, not diamonds on the computer screen, and I can tell you that even though lots of people go for the lowest color grade they can get away with (J for round cut, and I for fancy cut) in order to get a bigger diamond, the higher color grades are just unbelievably beautiful. You’ll be very happy you got this “G” diamond.

This one is a great choice. It is going to look fantastic on some lucky girl’s finger. There’s only one of these, so if you think it’s the one, grab it.

Here it is:

Best Princess Cut Under $6,000

Today we are looking at Princess cut diamonds.

These are hugely popular and sought after. It’s important to realise that the way light is dispersed through princess cut diamonds makes it necessary to look for a stone with a higher color than “J”.

We thought we’d try a little trick and go for one with  a clarity rating of SI2. The trick is to make sure that the diamond still looks good. This of course is only possible through a place like James Allen since they have high magnification of the actual diamond that you are going to buy.

We can see that the inclusions don’t ruin the look of the diamond, and make this a very good deal for a diamond way over 1 carat.


Princess cut from James Allen

Shape: Princess

Carat weight: 1.22

Cut: Excellent

Color: H

Clarity: SI2

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 74.0%

Table: 72.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements in millimeters: 5.74*5.63*4.17

Ratio: 1.02