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).

0.80 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

For you I have located a 0.80 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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This diamond's $3270 price is a substantial chunk of money for a lot of people, but it does lead to a nicer and bigger stone compared to if you were to only spend a few hundred bucks. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating in terms of purchasing online without seeing the diamond - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself. A G color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but don't wish to waste it, this is a sensible color range to look in. If you're checking out this diamond and considering whether to improve other characteristics of the diamond which don't affect size, think about downgrading the 0.80 carat size of this diamond.

Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Thin to medium" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, go have a read of my girdle thickness article.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.8

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $3270

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.93*5.99*3.69

Item number: 1315295

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