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).

For Your Viewing Pleasure: 0.80 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H color VS2 diamond has a size of 0.80 carats.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.8

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $2960

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.92*5.96*3.69

Item number: 1350109

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Think about whether you are really set on the 0.80 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you can stretch to buy a bigger diamond. The H color of this diamond offers value for your dollar, as it is not a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

This diamond's $2960 price is a major chunk of money for most people, but the tradeoff is a nicer and bigger stone compared to if you spent a few hundred bucks. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, maximizing attractiveness.