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).

3.11 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This is a H color diamond, located within the near colorless group of diamonds with excellent value as a basically colorless diamond.

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Consider whether you are really set on the 3.11 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you can extend a bit more for a slightly larger stone. Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. An untrained eye won't see the color in this H color diamond, unless the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring).

Many different companies will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape. For more information on the "Medium, faceted" girdle of this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 3.11

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $54460

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 9.39*9.41*5.81

Item number: 1294547

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