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).

Found: a 1.70 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Many diamond purchasers eventually settle on a H color, VS2 clarity diamond like this one because after research, they believe it to be the best option balancing quality and cost.

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If you are checking out this diamond and considering whether to improve another property of the diamond which don't affect size, you may wish to reduce the 1.70 carat size of this diamond. This diamond's girdle ("Slightly thick") has an influence on the overall diamond; don't ignore it completely.

While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

Most consumers won't see the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.7

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $14150

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.0%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.65*7.68*4.67

Item number: 1324807

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