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).

2.47 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

An F color diamond like this diamond will present as pure white, that is except if you hold it side by side with a D color diamond and in this situation even then it will be hard to tell for most amateurs.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.47

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $42770

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.3%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.69*8.66*5.32

Item number: 1314983

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Although this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. Throwing $42770 towards a stone nets one a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending the money. This diamond has a girdle described as "Medium to slightly thick, faceted", which can have a role in the size and sparkle of a diamond, as explained in my diamond girdle article. Think about if you are entirely set on the 2.47 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you can stretch for a slightly larger rock.

F color diamonds are pretty much colorless, meaning they are included in the pure white group of diamonds.