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).

4.03 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond Available Online

This H Color diamond is cheaper when compared with higher color rated diamonds 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: 4.03

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $97010

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.3%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 10.16*10.25*6.26

Item number: 1336964

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Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick") can play an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my article about girdle thickness. Many different diamond sellers will provide an Ideal cut diamond cut grading, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape. By decreasing the carat weight of this stone (4.03 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars which will go towards other costs. A H color diamond like this one is a great compromise between white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some dollars to spend but don't want to waste it, this is a great color range to do your searching within. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions which might or might not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but are rarely visible using just the naked eye - however it can happen sometimes.

For $97010, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical as you look at this stone.