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).

0.54 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This VS2 clarity H color VS2 diamond has a size of 0.54 carats.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.54

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1400

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 55.9%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.20*5.22*3.22

Item number: 1338533

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Although this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will sparkle significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness.

By using only $1400 on the diamond, one can save more cash to put towards other expenses such as the wedding.

Pay attention to this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Thin to slightly thick" - if you're unsure about girdles, try reading my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.