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).

0.43 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Although diamonds graded G in color are 50-50 classified as near colorless diamonds, F color diamonds are safely assumed to be in the colorless range.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.43

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $980

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.83*4.79*3.00

Item number: 1307409

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To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond standing alone appears pure white - there is no method to detect traces of color in it using just the naked eye without nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range. The Ideal cut means the diamond will sparkle significantly more in comparison to lower quality cut diamonds, maximizing attractiveness. To get some additional pointers on the "" girdle for this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness. This diamond's pricetag of $980 means it is firmly a member of the least expensive group of stones that are considered for an engagement ring setting. Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

The size of this stone is 0.43 carats - but make sure you look for the other diamonds for sale with a similar 0.43 weight that may have a more desirable combination of properties and price.