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).

2.17 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

Combining G color and VS1 clarity means this diamond a very nice option for a discerning shopper.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.17

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $30720

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.31*8.34*5.16

Item number: 1348660

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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Chinese Proverb .

The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower quality cut diamonds, maximizing attractiveness. If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS1 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you can go for without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects. For $30720, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement as you look at this stone.

Most consumers won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important). If you're looking at this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve other characteristics of the diamond not related to size, you may wish to reduce the 2.17 carat size of this diamond.

This diamond has a girdle described as "Thin to medium, faceted", which plays a role in the size and sparkle of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page.