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).

0.70 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Good Cut Round Cut Diamond Available Online

This 0.70 carat, VS2 clarity diamond like this one is typically presented as a "white" diamond in some cases, or alternatively as a "near colorless" diamond depending on which online company you're looking at.

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Remember to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 0.70 carat size this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties can become available. A H color diamond like this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but don't want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to look in. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions which might or might not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but are rarely visible with the naked eye - however it can occur on the odd occasion. If want to get the biggest rock for your money, then you may have to reduce any requirements for other properties of the diamond, such as cut. This Good cut diamond is cheaper than higher grade cuts, although at the cost of somewhat inferior visual appearance properties.

Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "") can play an important role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article.

For a pricetag of $2340, this diamond is firmly in the middle range of stones bought for diamond engagement rings.

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

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.7

Cut: Good

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $2340

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.1%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.55*5.60*3.52

Item number: 1340720

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