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).

2.27 Carats on the Menu Tonight - 2.27 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This diamond has a VS1 clarity rating to go along with its color grading of F, which will on average provide you with a diamond containing inclusions that take away to a lesser degree from the attractiveness of the stone.

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You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own 'acres of diamonds. Earl Nightingale .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.27

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $41170

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 8.38*8.44*5.23

Item number: 1347107

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The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to medium, faceted" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness. For $41170, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical as you look at this diamond. If you look at this 2.27 carat stone and think to yourself, "that diamond is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by lowering other properties such as color or cut in order to go for a larger diamond. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless, meaning they are included in the pure white diamond range.

If you are buying blind online, then VS1 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with visible inclusions.