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).

0.35 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

The F color rating for this diamond means it is colorless, saving you the trouble of going up the extra two color grades (and in the process paying a lot more cash) to buy a D color instead.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.35

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $660

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 59.9%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.58*4.55*2.74

Item number: 1333783

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Spending only $660 on the diamond, you will be able to save more money to use for other expenses, for example a wedding reception. The visual attractiveness of this diamond will be quite good because of its Premium cut, although not quite as good as the more expensive higher-rated cut grades. The chance in color between any adjacent colors in the D-E-F color range is only detectable in a lab, meaning this F color diamond is indistinguishable from diamonds rated only one color grade differently. If you're checking out this diamond and considering whether to improve other characteristics of the diamond which don't affect size, you may wish to reduce the 0.35 carat size for this diamond to achieve that end. Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity grading in terms of buying online without a photo - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to assess the defects for yourself.

Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick") can have an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my article about girdle thickness.