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).

1.54 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

The F color of this diamond indicates it is colorless, saving you the trouble of going up the extra two color grades (and fork out a lot more money) for a D color diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.54

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $17740

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.0%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.41*7.47*4.54

Item number: 1316495

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Remember to have a look at nearby carat sizes around the 1.54 carat weight this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties may open up. The girdle of this diamond ("") has an effect on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely. To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond by itself appears completely white and pure - there is no method to detect traces of color in the diamond utilizing only the naked eye and no other nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range.

Throwing $17740 towards a stone nets one a diamond well above the cut, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money.

The cut property of this diamond (Premium) has it smack bang in the middle of the road between cut quality and diamond pricing considerations. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions which may or may not be visible under 10x magnification, but almost never visible with the naked eye - but it can occur occasionally.

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