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).

1.24 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This 1.24 carat, VS2 clarity diamond like this one is often presented as a "white" diamond , or in other cases as a "near colorless" diamond depending on store.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.24

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $7710

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.90*6.93*4.28

Item number: 1351067

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Do not ignore properties outside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website. A H color diamond like this one is a good option balancing extreme white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but don't want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to do your searching within. For $7710, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement as you look at this diamond.