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).

Check out: 1.60 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

H color diamonds such as this $12760 one are typically one of the most popular diamond colors, often coupled with a VS2 clarity like this stone.

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Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating in terms of buying online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to assess the defects for yourself. If you eyeball this 1.60 carat stone and immediately say, "that diamond is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties such as clarity in order to go for a larger diamond. Weighing up the $12760 price for this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will shine significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.6

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $12760

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.45*7.51*4.66

Item number: 1334064

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