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 Carats on the Menu Tonight - 1.73 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

An F color diamond such as this F colored stone will present as pure white, that is except if you hold it side by side with a diamond of D color and in this situation even then it will be hard to tell for most amateurs.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.73

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $20300

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.69*7.71*4.75

Item number: 1330369

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Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. Make sure to have a look at nearby carat sizes around the 1.73 carat weight this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties can open up. Throwing $20300 towards a stone gets you a well above average diamond, like this one. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money.

The Girdle Thickness of this stone is "Medium to slightly thick" - you can consult my piece on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more concerning how girdle thickness can play an important role. The difference between any adjacent colors in the D-E-F range is only detectable in a lab, with the significance that this F color diamond is indistinguishable from diamonds rated one color either side of it. If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you can go for without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with visible inclusions.