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).

2.02 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Good Cut Round Cut Diamond

This diamond has high quality properties - a color rating of G, combined with an occasionally dodgy SI1 clarity rating, putting the onus on you to examine the photo to check for inclusions.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.02

Cut: Good

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $18100

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.4%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Strong

Measurements: 8.05*7.92*5.06

Item number: 1325416

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Think about if you are really set on the 2.02 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you can stretch for a slightly larger stone. Spending $18100 on a diamond nets one a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money. The Good cut of this stone is the lowest cut grading offered by James Allen. If your diamond searching goals emphasize other qualities such as diamond color and carat size, then this is probably a sacrifice you're willing to make. A G color diamond such as this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but don't wish to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to do your searching within.

Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Medium to thick, faceted" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my girdle thickness article. If you're not certain from the photo of this SI1 clarity diamond whether it is eye-clean, try contacting a James Allen representative and asking them to specially analyse the diamond for you - they will give you an honest answer.