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).

0.32 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

I have found you a nice 0.32 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.32

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $620

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.46*4.43*2.74

Item number: 1351557

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This diamond's ticket price of $620 means it is firmly a member of the cheapest group of diamonds which might be used in an engagement ring setting. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can play an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article. Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating in terms of buying online without a photo - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

If you are looking at this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve other characteristics of the diamond which don't affect size, think about downgrading the 0.32 carat weight for this diamond to achieve that end.