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 H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond Available Now

This 0.40 carat, VS2 clarity diamond like this one is typically presented as a "white" diamond in some cases, or in other cases as a "near colorless" diamond depending on which online company you're looking at.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.4

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $650

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.3%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick


Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.66*4.68*2.96

Item number: 1314488

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This H color diamond is a whiter stone than the lowest normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, enabling one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. The Premium cut quality of this diamond is a balance between cut rating and diamond cost. Although this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're looking to reduce expenditure, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

Consider whether you are really set on the 0.40 carat weight of this diamond - perhaps you are able to stretch to buy a bigger diamond.