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).

1.16 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Many diamond buyers settle on a H color, VS2 clarity diamond such as this one because after they have done their homework, they believe it to be the optimal balance of price and quality.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.15

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7480

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.5%

Table: 55.6%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 6.75*6.78*4.16

Item number: 1344941

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If you're a careful online purchaser, then this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. Throwing $7480 towards a stone gets you a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money. Think about whether you are really set on the 1.15 carat weight of this diamond - or whether you are able to extend a bit more for a slightly larger stone. This diamond has a girdle described as "Thin to slightly thick", which can have a role in the size and sparkle of a diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page.