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).

1.73 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

For your viewing I have sourced this 1.73 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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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. The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick" - you can consult my article on diamond girdles if you want to find out more about how girdle thickness can be important. If you look at this 1.73 carat stone and think to yourself, "that stone is too small", think about whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties, for example color or cut in order to go for a larger diamond.

A G color diamond like this one is a good option balancing extreme white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you have got some money but don't want to waste it, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within. For $17330, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical when you're looking at this stone. If you're a cautious online purchaser, this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.73

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $17330

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.66*7.69*4.75

Item number: 1329726

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