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).

0.55 Carats on the Menu Tonight - 0.55 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

For your viewing I have sourced this 0.55 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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By using only $1520 on the diamond, one can save more cash to use for other expenses such as the wedding. This diamond has a girdle described as "Medium to slightly thick", which plays a role in the size and sparkle of a diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has very good proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating in terms of buying online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself.

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. Emma Goldman .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.55

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1520

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.23*5.26*3.27

Item number: 1307015

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