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).

1.82 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Although G color diamonds are 50-50 classified as almost colorless diamonds, diamonds with an F color grading are safely assumed to be in the colorless range.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.82

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $22490

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.84*7.86*4.84

Item number: 1284243

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Do not neglect properties beside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons discussed in my girdle thickness article. Make sure to have a look at nearby carat sizes around the 1.82 carat size of this diamond, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties may become available. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions that might or might not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but rarely visible using just the naked eye - but it can happen sometimes. For $22490, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this diamond. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless - they are part of the pure white group of diamonds.

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.