Below are my picks this week for the best round brilliant diamonds in terms of both quality and value. I’ve chosen diamonds near the 0.50 carat or 1.00 carat sizes because these tend to be the most popular. If you are looking for a different size or shape, get in touch. Let me know your budget, and I’ll find the perfect stone for you.
HALF CARAT ROUND DIAMOND
Just slightly over a half carat. this 0.52 carat round brilliant cut diamond graded VS-1 is completely “eye-clean”. Its color is correctly graded at H. With a Very Good Cut grade it displays a great brilliance. (Make sure to click on the photos to see 360 degree videos of each stone, so you can truly see how they sparkle.)
($1,600 from James Allen)
ONE CARAT ROUND DIAMONDS
If you have read my post about how to choose the best diamond for the money, you already know you can save a bit of money by choosing a diamond slightly under one carat. This 0.95 is a great value for its size and quality. It is a slightly whiter G grade in color, than the above stone. Though it is rated a lower VS2 it is still basically “eye-clean” with exception of a couple of almost impossible to discern spots. Also a Very Good Cut, it displays great brilliance and sparkle.
($5,510 from James Allen)
If you just have to have a one carat diamond, this 1.01 carat stone is a great choice, if you don’t mind paying a bit more. It has similiar specs to the stones above, with an H color, and “eye-clean” VS2. But with a better Excellent Cut, its brilliance is truly mesmerizing.
($6,810 from James Allen)