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).

2.18 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond Available Online

The F color rating for this stone means it is pure white, saving you the trouble of going up the extra two grades (and in the process paying a lot more cash) to buy a D color instead.

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If you're a cautious online buyer, then this VS2 clarity diamond is a good safe option, because it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. Weighing up the $26610 cost of this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

To the naked eye, this F color diamond by itself appears completely white and pure - there isn't a method to detect traces of color in the diamond utilizing just the human eye without nearby diamonds, or to identify the differences between it and others within the colorless range. To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to thick" girdle of this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness. Many different diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the case here) perfect in terms of proportions and the general shape.

Put this 2.18 carat weight in the right reference frame when you consider your diamond options - there are for sure other stones of about the same size that can offer more in terms of their cost and properties.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.18

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $26610

Certificate: IGI

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 58.1%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Thin to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.21*8.28*5.09

Item number: 1239967

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