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).

1.71 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

After some trawling the internet, I've managed to find this 1.71 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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If you look at this 1.71 carat stone and immediately say, "that diamond is too small", consider whether it's possible to compromise by lowering other properties, for example clarity so you can get for a larger diamond. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

If you're a careful online purchaser, then this VS2 clarity diamond is a good safe option, because it is unlikely to have any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. This G color diamond is less colored than the lowest normal color gradings of J and below; it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, allowing you to have more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.71

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $16750

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.3%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.70*7.73*4.73

Item number: 1280623

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