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 1.65 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The pairing of F color and eye-clean appearance in this diamond guarantees that you're getting an eye-clean diamond, without even needing to inspect it, and you also get a diamond which is colorless.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.65

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $19000

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.52*7.55*4.71

Item number: 1322007

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The chance in color between any neighbouring colors in the D-E-F color range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, meaning this F color diamond is indistinguishable when compared with diamonds rated one color either side of it. Weighing up the $19000 cost of this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs.

The Girdle Thickness for this diamond is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted" - you can consult my piece on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more concerning how girdle thickness can be important. Many different diamond sellers will provide an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape. If you're looking at this diamond and thinking to yourself that you want to improve other characteristics of the diamond not related to size, think about downgrading the 1.65 carat size of this diamond.

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. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person.