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: 2.58 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

H color stones such as this $32270 one are known for being one of the most popular diamond colors, often coupled with a VS2 clarity like this stone.

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My crown is in my heart, not in my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen; my crown is called contentment; A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy. William Shakespeare .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.58

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $32270

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.77*8.80*5.44

Item number: 1291779

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This H color diamond is less colored than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between quality and budget, enabling you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size. Usually 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 high quality photo showing the diamond to assess the inclusions for yourself. Several diamond sellers 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 general shape.

This diamond's girdle is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted", which can have a impact on the size and sparkle of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page.