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).

1.60 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The F color of this stone indicates it is colorless, without you needing to go 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: 1.6

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $18060

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.46*7.53*4.67

Item number: 1159071

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Spending $18060 on a stone gets you a well above average diamond, such as this diamond. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. F color diamonds are known as colorless diamonds, amongst the purest white diamonds you can get. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating in terms of buying online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to assess the defects for yourself. Make sure to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.60 carat weight this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties can open up.

Several companies will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape. The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick, faceted") has an influence on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely.