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 Carats on Offer Tonight - 2.50 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The pairing of F color and eye-clean appearance of this diamond ensures pretty much an eye-clean diamond, even without needing to look at it, as well as a white diamond with no traces of color.

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This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry ratings. If you eyeball this 2.50 carat stone and immediately say, "that carat size is too small", think about whether you can compromise by lowering another property, for example color or cut in order to go for a bigger diamond. The chance in color between any adjacent colors from the D-E-F color range is only detectable in a lab, meaning this F color diamond is indistinguishable from diamonds rated one color either side of it. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity grading for purchasing online without seeing the diamond - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself. Throwing $42430 towards a stone nets you a well above average diamond, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond.

The girdle of this diamond ("Slightly thick") has an effect on the diamond; don't ignore it completely.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.5

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $42430

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.7%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 8.60*8.72*5.43

Item number: 1298730

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