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).

1.53 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond -

H color stones such as this $12000 one are known for being one of the highest selling diamond colors, often coupled with a VS2 clarity like this stone.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.53

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $12000

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.9%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.22*7.20*4.61

Item number: 1330039

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Because this stone is a Premium cut diamond, it offers excellent value for money, since it doesn't attract the price premium of the higher cut gradings, while still providing decent optical properties. Make sure to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.53 carat weight this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties can open up.

Most consumers won't see the color in this H color diamond, unless the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important).

Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.