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).

0.26 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This F color diamond is colorless - you should still be cautious of comparing it with other "F" color diamonds which have been assessed in one of the dodgier grading companies - they may actually be Gs or Hs.

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Think about if you are really set on the 0.26 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you can stretch for a slightly larger rock. Spending only $510 on the diamond, you will be able to save more money to use for other expenses, for example a wedding reception. Many different diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the case here) perfect in terms of proportions and the general shape. This diamond's girdle is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted", which can have a impact on the size and sparkle of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page.

To the naked eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears completely white and pure - there isn't a method to detect any color in the diamond utilizing just the human eye without nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range. Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating in terms of purchasing online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to assess the defects for yourself.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.26

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $510

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Strong

Measurements: 4.09*4.11*2.56

Item number: 1094673

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