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).

0.41 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

H color diamonds like this $640 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: 0.41

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $640

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.9%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent



Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.64*4.66*2.97

Item number: 1346443

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Most consumers won't notice the color in this H color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important). If you're looking at this diamond and considering whether to improve another property of the diamond not related to size, you may wish to reduce the 0.41 carat weight for this diamond to achieve that end. The visual appearance of this diamond will be good due to its Premium cut, although not quite as good as the more costly higher-rated cut grades. To get some additional pointers on the "" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

By using only $640 on the diamond, you can save more money to use for other costs, for example a wedding reception. If you're buying blind online, then VS2 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you can go for without carrying a significant risk of picking up a diamond with visible inclusions.