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 today: a 0.50 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

H color stones such as this $1050 one are typically one of the highest selling diamond colors, often coupled with a VS2 clarity as is the case with here.

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For any diamond, a cost of $1050 really places it amongst the lowest price group of diamonds, even more so in the context of engagement rings. The visual appearance of this diamond will be quite good because of its Premium cut, although not quite as good as the more expensive higher-rated cut grades. This H color diamond is a whiter stone than the lowest normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between money considerations and quality, allowing one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. Although this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you're looking to save some money, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.5

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1050

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 64.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick


Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 5.00*5.05*3.23

Item number: 1336483

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