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).

1.52 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This is a H color diamond, situated in the near colorless range of diamonds and possesses excellent value for money, being a practically colorless diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.52

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $12100

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.7%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.27*7.21*4.61

Item number: 1351751

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The visual attractiveness of this diamond will be quite good because of its Premium cut, although not quite as good as the more costly higher-rated cut grades. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick") can have an important role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my article about girdle thickness.

An untrained eye won't notice the color in this H color diamond, unless the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring).

Weighing up the $12100 cost for this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.