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).

1.59 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

H color stones like this $12030 one are typically one of the highest selling diamond colors, and are often sold in a VS2 clarity as is the case with here.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.59

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $12030

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.1%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.57*7.60*4.56

Item number: 1344178

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Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can have an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article. If you're a cautious online buyer, then this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, because it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. In analyzing the $12030 cost of this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. Consider if you are entirely set on the 1.59 carat weight of this diamond - perhaps you can extend a bit more to buy a larger stone. Many different diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the overall shape.

This H color diamond is less colored than the lowest normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between quality and budget, allowing one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating.