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).

$15670 Gets One A 1.82 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H color, 1.82 carat diamond is an appropriate option for someone searching for a combination of value and whiteness.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.82

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $15670

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.5%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.95*7.97*4.74

Item number: 1299712

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In analyzing the $15670 price for this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. The carat weight of this stone is 1.82 carats - but make sure you check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 1.82 weight that may have a more desirable combination of properties and price.

While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. If you're buying blind online, then VS2 clarity is basically the lowestclarity rating you can go for without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with visible inclusions. Most consumers won't notice the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important).