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).

1.58 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The stone offering is a 1.58 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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This diamond has a girdle described as "Thin to slightly thick, faceted", which can have a impact on the shine and apparently width of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page. Throwing $16700 on a stone nets one a well above average diamond, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money.

Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating for buying online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to assess the defects for yourself.

This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has very good proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish characteristics. Think about if you're really set on the 1.58 carat weight that this diamond is - or whether you can stretch to get a larger rock.

Most consumers won't see the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring).

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.58

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $16700

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.40*7.45*4.63

Item number: 1306869

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