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).

0.81 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond Available Now

H color stones such as this $3070 one are typically one of the most popular diamond colors, and are often sold in a VS2 clarity like this stone.

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Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Medium to slightly thick" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses. $3070 will allow you to find a good quality diamond, such as this diamond. Most consumers won't see the color in this H color diamond, unless the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important).

If you're a careful online purchaser, this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, because it is unlikely to have any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. By lowering the size of this stone (0.81 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars that can go towards other expenses.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.81

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $3070

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.94*5.97*3.70

Item number: 1334478

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