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).

2.50 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond Available Now

Eye-clean is the name of the game with a G color SI1 clarity diamond like this one - which is where the high resolution photo comes in so handy.

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Make sure to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 2.50 carat weight this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties might open up. If you can see the diamond in the flesh or examine zoomed in photos of the diamond (like the one for this SI1 clarity diamond), this is where bargains can be had - identifying an SI1 or SI2 stone that is "eye clean" is a fulfilling experience that translates to less dollars spent. Do not ignore diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - it can be important for reasons outlined in the article on girdles on this website. Most consumers won't notice the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is compared side by side with a higher color grade diamond (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). The Premium cut quality of this diamond provides a compromise between cut rating and diamond cost.

For $29950, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this stone.

Some days are diamonds Some days are stones Sometimes the hard times won't leave me alone Sometimes the cold wind blows a chill in my soul Some days are diamonds, some days are stone. Neil Diamond .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.5

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $29950

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.6%

Table: 61.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.62*8.70*5.33

Item number: 1329717

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