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).

$32860 Gets You A 2.35 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This 2.35 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond is currently being offered by a major online diamond retailer.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.35

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $32860

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.46*8.50*5.28

Item number: 1322065

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Weighing up the $32860 price of this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. This diamond's girdle ("Medium to slightly thick, faceted") has an effect on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely.

Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are looking to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. The G color of this diamond provides great value, since it is not one of the expensive premium color grades D-F.