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).

1.57 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

If you've been working your way up the color scale, then you can stop at this diamond's color grading of F - you've arrived at the pure white range of diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.57

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $17080

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.46*7.49*4.62

Item number: 1336917

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While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. If you are checking out this diamond and considering whether to improve other characteristics of the diamond not related to size, you may wish to reduce the 1.57 carat weight of this diamond. To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to medium" girdle of this diamond, check out the article about girdles.

F color diamonds are usually described as the colorless diamonds, being some of the purest white diamonds you can get. Although this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are looking to reduce expenditure, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person.

For $17080, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement as you look at this stone.