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Welcome to Clarity of Diamonds.

The goal of this website is to help you get an understanding of the basics of what diamonds are, so that when you are buying diamonds online, you will have enough information to get a good deal, and to avoid getting ripped off.

Email me at diamonds@clarityofdiamonds.com with your questions, ask for recommendations fit to your budget, and if you want help evaluating a diamond you are thinking of buying. I will help you, for free, get your money’s worth.

Check out the articles explaining diamond concepts, check out the daily great value diamond recommendations, and get familiar with the basics before you spend thousands of dollars buying the diamond you found.

Today’s recommended diamond is going to be the best Round loose diamond for less than $6,500. The diamond I actually selected even leaves enough room in the budget (of $6500) to even get a nice solitaire engagement ring for the setting!

The recommended diamond is this 1.20 carat Round diamond, with J color and SI1 clarity. The diamond is an Excellent cut Round diamond, and it sells for $6,170. 

http://www.jamesallen.com/#!/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.20-carat-J-color-SI1-clarity-Excellent-cut-sku-188102

1.20 carat, J-SI!, Excellent cut Round diamond

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Today’s recommended diamond is the best small loose diamond, a diamond smaller than 1 carat, that can be bought for less than $4000.

The diamond is this 0.90 carat Round diamond, with I color and SI1 clarity. The diamond is a Very Good cut Round diamond, and it sells for $3,780.

http://www.jamesallen.com/#!/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.90-carat-I-color-SI1-clarity-Very-Good-cut-sku-196904

0.90 carat, I-SI1, Very Good cut Round diamond

As you can see for yourself, this is a beautiful loose diamond and its flaws are not at all visible, even under great magnification.

Besides for the image above, you can see the diamond in 3d on the James Allen website, along with rotate it, view it from different angles, and really get up close and personal with it. This diamond looks really nice from every angle, and it is a great buy at $3780.

 

 

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Wow! What James Allen has done with their website is truly amazing! Their already leading technology just got more phenomenal!

Until now James Allen offered the best, most secure, way to buy loose diamonds online with minimal risk to the buyer, with their Virtual Loupe technology, allowing the consumer to see in magnification the actual diamond he or she is considering buying.

Now, with their new Diamond Display technology one is no longer just looking at an amazing picture of a diamond, but it offers the most detailed viewing of a diamond anywhere. The diamond image is in 3D and is interactive – you can turn it and angle it, examine it and see what the actual diamond looks like from different angles, and you can still also see it as a magnified image!

If you are looking to buy a diamond online, James Allen is the way to go. With James Allen will you have the best possible experience in selecting a loose diamond, and you will literally know exactly what you are buying!

 

 

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Jan
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About Fancy Color Diamonds

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Fancy colored diamonds are a bit of an enigma to most people. When looking at “regular” white diamonds, the less color in the diamond the better, as the general rule, and therefore the more expensive. With fancy colored diamonds starting at the far end of the color range of what diamonds, meaning while a D, E color rating is colorless, and as you move up the alphabet the diamond gets more and more color in it, with fancy colors starting at the far end – with very faint colors starting in the K, L and M range and moving to more intense colors along the scale.

So, do you look for a diamond that is as colorless as you can afford, or one that has as much color as you can afford? I am scratching my head. Well, as it happens, both ends of the color scale are the more expensive ends. If you want a classic white diamond, you would stick within the D-J range, selecting the color rating you want based on a variety of factors, with the earlier alphabet letters being more colorless and more expensive. If you want a colored diamond, your range will be from K-Z, with the K end being cheaper and the fancy color diamonds getting more expensive as you move along the scale towards Z.

Fancy colored diamonds are much rarer than classic white diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds make up only less than 1% of all the rough diamonds manufactured every year. 

Fancy Colored DiamondsWhile white diamonds are certified in external certifying laboratories, for your protection, fancy color diamonds must be certified by a gemological institute to be classified as a natural loose colored diamond.

The grading, and pricing, of a natural loose colored diamond, a fancy colored diamond, is similar to that of white diamonds, in that it is also affected by the 4Cs: Color, Cut, Clarity and Carats.

Obviously the grading is done differently, as Color must take into account the fancy color, the primary color and any existent hues the diamond might have within.

Fancy color diamonds are graded by Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense, Fancy Deep , Fancy Dark, and Fancy Vivid – the grading will not be listed as K, M, Q or Z. As mentioned above the stronger the color, the more intense the color, the higher quality it will be considered and therefore the more expensive the fancy colored diamond will be.

Fancy Colored diamonds are highly desirable, though the market is much smaller. Most people want white diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds are really a class of their own.

 

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Today’s recommended diamond is going to be the best Round loose diamond for under $5,000.

This diamond is technically a small diamond, because the parameters I selected when searching for the diamond combined with the quality I found in different sizes, my final selection was a diamond that is smaller than 1 carat, which is generally considered a small diamond (at least, I consider 1c to be the cutoff). I was not looking specifically for a small diamond, but that is what I found when looking for the right combination of quality and price.

The diamond is this 0.90 carat diamond, with H color and VS2 clarity, Ideal cut Round diamond, and it sells for $4,960.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VS2-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1518558.asp

 

0.90 carat, H-VS2, Ideal cut Round diamond

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Today’s recommended diamond is going to be the best Round diamond I could find fitting a budget of $7,500.

The diamond is this 1.25 carat diamond, with I color and SI1 clarity. The diamond is an Excellent cut Round diamond, and it sells for $7,510.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1544964.asp

1.25 carat, I-SI1, Excellent cut Round diamond

This diamond is fairly eye-clean, actually a great level of visual clarity for a diamond rated SI1. It has some feathers and wisps, but they are just barely visible even under such great magnification. You have to really focus to spot them. I found a very similar diamond but with a bit less wisps, also rated SI1 clarity, and it was selling for $600 more!

See more details of this diamond at James Allen website!

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Today’s recommended diamond is going to be the best Round 1 carat diamond that will cost you less than $6,000.

The diamond is this 1.01 carat Round diamond, with H color and SI1 clarity. The diamond is an Ideal cut Round diamond, and it sells for $5,680.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1542434.asp

1.01 carat, H-SI1, Round diamond

 

See more details of this diamond on the James Allen website

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What is the largest diamond you would buy, or maybe I should say, that you would imagine yourself buying? What’s the largest diamond you could see yourself affording? What’s the most money you would, or could, possibly spend on a diamond?

Archduke Joseph diamond at an auction preview at Christie's in GenevaPersonally, a carat or so, maybe a carat and a half. And if I hit it big, maybe even up to 2 or so carats. I cannot imagine being able to afford anything larger, and even if I could why spend that much money on a diamond.

Last night a huge diamond was sold at Christie’s in Geneva. This diamond that was sold is 76.02 carats and is flawless. The diamond was sold at auction in Geneva, and the final selling price closed at over $21 million.

This rare diamond once belonged to Archduke Joseph August of Austria (1872-1962), a prince of the Hungarian line of the Habsburgs.

For more information on the history of the diamond, see MSNBC’s coverage of the sale.

I would only buy a 1 carat diamond, or maybe up to 2 carats if the circumstances were right…  but one can dream… can’t they?

 

 

 

 

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Today’s recommended diamond is going to be the best small Round diamond for a budget of $2,000

The diamond is this 0.60 carat Round diamond, with I color and VS2 clarity. The diamond is an Ideal cut Round diamond, and it sells for $1,780.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1466113.asp

0.60 carat, I-VS2, Ideal cut Round diamond

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Today’s recommended diamond is going to be the best small Round diamond for a budget of $2,500.  

The diamond is this 0.71 carat Round diamond with I color and SI1 clarity. The diamond is an Ideal cut Round diamond, and it sells for $2,460.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1506538.asp

0.71 carat, I-SI1, Ideal cut Round diamond

This is a great diamond with just a cloud in it, but the diamond is eye-clean. It is very difficult to see the cloud (let me know if you can find it), even at this magnification. 

When looking for a diamond to recommend today, I found, along with this diamond, another that was almost identical. The proportions were slightly different, with a slightly smaller Table and slightly greater Depth, but the diamonds are pretty similar. For the record, that diamond can be found at http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1526386.asp . The real significant difference between these two diamonds is that the diamond above that I recommended has a Cloud inclusion, while the second diamond has a Feather inclusion.

It happens to be that the Feather in this diamond is more visible than the Cloud is in the recommended diamond, and that alone is reason enough to have selected the way I did. However, I wanted to add a point that was a consideration in my decision. If I had to accept an inclusion in my diamond, and my choice was either a feather or a cloud, which is preferable? Which is worse in a diamond – a feather or a cloud?

To decide that, we have to first consider what is a cloud and what is a feather.

Feather and Cloud Inclusions 

A cloud is a series of pinpoint inclusions in close proximity to each other. Together they form a haze, or a cloud, that is often not visible to the naked eye. If there are many of these inclusions together and the cloud is fairly large, it can be visible. 

A feather is a fracture or crack in the diamond. The fracture is usually natural, coming from stresses it suffered underground while still in the growing process. Feathers are often transparent, and they are called feathers because under magnification they look like, well, a feather. If the feather reaches the surface, it can affect the durability of the diamond. Usually, especially when it does not reach the surface, the feather does not affect the durability of the diamond, unless it runs through the major length of the stone, or if it shows major stress points.

Considering what a feather is and what a cloud is, even though the average feather is usually not a reason to avoid any given diamond, if I had to choose between a feather and a cloud, my preference is to take the diamond with the cloud over the diamond with the feather inclusion. 

And that is the more significant reason I chose to recommend, from the above two diamond, the diamond with the cloud.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1506538.asp

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