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).

2.24 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond -

The F color of this diamond is nicely complemented by the good clarity grading of VS1; this means it has either fewer inclusions or rather, slightly smaller inclusions than a VS2 diamond.

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Consider whether you are really set on the 2.24 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you are able to stretch to get a bigger rock. For $40630, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this diamond. F color diamonds are usually described as the colorless diamonds, amongst the purest white diamonds available for sale. This diamond has a girdle described as "Medium to slightly thick, faceted", which plays a role in the shine and apparently width of the diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle article. Several companies will provide an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the case here) perfect with respect to proportions and the general shape.

Although this VS1 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to reduce expenditure, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.24

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $40630

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.36*8.44*5.19

Item number: 1338045

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