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).

2.00 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Some jewelers say that a G color diamond like this VS1 clarity diamond is pretty much in the pure white range of diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.0

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $25500

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 53.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 8.12*8.19*5.05

Item number: 1345198

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Some days are diamonds Some days are stones Sometimes the hard times won't leave me alone Sometimes the cold wind blows a chill in my soul Some days are diamonds, some days are stone. Neil Diamond .

For $25500, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical when you're looking at this stone. Typically VS1 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating in terms of buying online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself. If you're checking out this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve another property of the diamond which don't affect size, you may wish to reduce the 2.00 carat size for this diamond to achieve that end. Because this stone is a Premium cut diamond, it provides fantastic value for your dollar, not attracting the price premium of the higher cut gradings, while still providing decent optical performance. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to medium") can play an important role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article.

The G color of this diamond provides great value, as it is not a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F.