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 H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H color VS2 diamond is 1.81 carats.

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Several companies will offer an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape. Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Medium to slightly thick" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, try reading my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.

In analyzing the $15920 cost of this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. If you're looking at this diamond and considering whether to improve another property of the diamond which don't affect size, think about downgrading the 1.81 carat weight of this diamond. A H color diamond like this one is a good option balancing white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some money but don't want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to do your searching within.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.81

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $15920

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.77*7.83*4.81

Item number: 1336163

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