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).

1.79 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

If you've been working your way up the color scale, feel free to stop at this F color diamond, which I think you'll find should meet your expectations.

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To get some additional pointers on the "" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. For $20580, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this stone.

Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're looking to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

If you look at this 1.79 carat stone and immediately say, "that diamond is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by lowering other properties such as color or cut so you can go for a larger diamond.

F color diamonds are usually described as colorless diamonds, amongst the purest white diamonds you can get.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.79

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $20580

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.71*7.80*4.84

Item number: 1348218

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