Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

$10840 Gets You A 1.49 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H color, 1.49 carat diamond is an excellent choice for a person looking for a unbeatable blend of pureness and price-effectiveness.

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Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity grading in terms of buying online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo of the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself. A H color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some money but don't want to waste it, this is a great color range to do your searching within. To get some additional pointers on the "Medium to slightly thick" girdle of this diamond, check out the article about girdles. Since this stone is a Premium cut diamond, it provides fantastic value for money, since it doesn't attract the price premium of the higher cut gradings, while still providing decent optical performance.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.49

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $10840

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 7.26*7.32*4.55

Item number: 1349659

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