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).

A 0.80 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond for Purchase

An F color diamond such as this F colored stone will present as pure white, that is except if you hold it up against a diamond of D color and if you did you probably wouldn't be able to tell anyway.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.8

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $3620

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.6%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.94*5.88*3.64

Item number: 1303095

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F color diamonds are usually described as the colorless diamonds, being some of the purest white diamonds available for sale. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Slightly thick to thick") can play an important role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article. The Premium cut rating of this diamond is a compromise between cut quality and diamond cost. If you're buying blind online, then VS2 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you can go for without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects. $3620 will generally get you a decent quality and size stone, such as this diamond.

Through lowering the size of this stone (0.80 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money which can go towards other expenses.