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).

2.56 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H Color diamond is less expensive when compared with superior color grades for a number of reasons, first and foremost because it is not as rare and is therefore less costly.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.56

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $30700

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 8.75*8.77*5.42

Item number: 1311779

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Don't ignore properties beside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons discussed in my girdle thickness article. The H color of this diamond offers great value, since it is not one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. For $30700, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this diamond. The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will shine significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness.