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).

2.30 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This particular 2.30 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond was one of the choices during a recent search for good value diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.29

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $30270

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.9%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.58*8.51*5.20

Item number: 1314116

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For $30270, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this diamond. A G color diamond such as this one is a great compromise between white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but don't want to waste it, this is a great color range to look in. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, maximizing attractiveness. Take note of this diamond's girdle description - "Medium, faceted" - if you're unsure about girdles, try reading my girdle thickness article.

Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating in terms of purchasing online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself.