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).

1.51 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This is a H color diamond, situated in the almost colorless group of diamonds with excellent value, being a practically colorless diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.51

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $11880

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.29*7.34*4.58

Item number: 1314382

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The H color of this diamond offers value for your dollar, since it isn't a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F. Through decreasing the carat weight of this diamond (1.51 carats), it's possible you might save a few dollars which can go towards other costs. To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to medium" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness. Weighing up the $11880 cost of this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some smaller inclusions which may or may not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but are almost never visible using just the naked eye - but it can happen on the odd occasion.