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).

1.20 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Many diamond purchasers settle for 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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This diamond's girdle ("Slightly thick to thick") will have an influence on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely. In analyzing the $7200 cost for this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

Consider whether you are entirely set on the 1.20 carat weight of this diamond - perhaps you are able to stretch to buy a larger diamond. A H color diamond like this one is a great compromise between white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but do not wish to waste it, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within. VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions which might or might not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but almost never visible using just the naked eye - although it can occur on the odd occasion.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.2

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7200

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.66*6.71*4.19

Item number: 1326879

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