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 H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Lots of diamond buyers settle for a H color, VS2 clarity diamond like this one because after research, they think it is the best option balancing price and quality.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.0

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $19810

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.7%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.95*7.97*4.99

Item number: 1336215

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Most consumers won't see the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). If you are buying blind online, then VS2 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you can go for without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with visible inclusions. If you're checking out this diamond and considering whether to improve another property of the diamond not related to size, think about downgrading the 2.00 carat weight of this diamond.

For $19810, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this stone.

For more information on the "Slightly thick to thick" girdle of this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. Thomas Carlyle .