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).

0.40 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

An F color diamond like this diamond will present as pure white, unless you hold it up against a D color diamond and if you did you probably wouldn't be able to tell anyway.

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Make sure to have a look at nearby carat sizes around the 0.40 carat size of this diamond, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties may become available. Spending only $860 on the diamond, one can save more cash to put towards other costs, for example a wedding reception. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has excellent proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish characteristics.

This diamond's girdle is "Slightly thick", which can have a role in the size and sparkle of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article.

If you're buying blind online, then VS2 clarity is basically the lowestclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless - they are included in the pure white group of diamonds.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.4

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $860

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.7%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick


Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.69*4.71*2.95

Item number: 1314219

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