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).

1.50 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

This 1.50 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond was one of the choices during a recent search for nice diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.5

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $13740

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.27*7.36*4.58

Item number: 1182108

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Weighing up the $13740 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. If you're looking at this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve other characteristics of the diamond which don't affect size, think about downgrading the 1.50 carat size for this diamond to achieve that end. Several companies will provide an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape.

An untrained eye won't see the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important). Take note of this diamond's girdle description - "Thin to slightly thick, faceted" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, try reading my girdle thickness article. Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating for buying online without seeing the diamond - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to assess the defects for yourself.