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).

1.81 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

If your color standards have been steadily increasing during your search, then you can stop at this F color diamond - you've arrived at the pure white range of diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.81

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $23060

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.6%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 7.80*7.92*4.84

Item number: 1347821

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Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Slightly thick") can play an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article. Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating for buying online without a photo - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself.

Make sure to have a look at neighbouring carat sizes around the 1.81 carat weight this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties might become available.

F color diamonds are known as the colorless diamonds, being some of the purest white diamonds available for sale. For $23060, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical when you're looking at this stone. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower quality cut diamonds, maximizing attractiveness.