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).

1.04 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Many diamond purchasers eventually settle on a H color, VS2 clarity diamond like this one because after they have done their homework, they think it is the best option balancing price and quality.

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Several diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape. For $6390, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement as you look at this stone.

Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you're looking to save some money, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to slightly thick" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

The H color of this diamond provides great value, as it isn't a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.04

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $6390

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 55.3%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.45*6.49*4.04

Item number: 1338538

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