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).

0.36 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

H color diamonds like this $580 one are typically one of the highest selling diamond colors, and are often sold in a VS2 clarity like this stone.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.36

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $580

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.6%

Table: 55.4%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 4.59*4.62*2.83

Item number: 1275722

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The Hearts & Arrows cut of this diamond places it in the upper 1% of diamonds on the market at the moment in terms of cut quality. This cut is the top cut sold by James Allen and ensures the best diamond sparkle. Remember to have a look at neighbouring carat sizes around the 0.36 carat weight this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties may become available. For any diamond, a price of $580 really places it amongst the cheapest set of diamonds, especially in the context of engagement rings. The Girdle Thickness for this stone is "Thin to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my piece on girdle thickness if you want to find out more about how girdle thickness can be important.