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: this 0.50 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

After some trawling the internet, I've managed to find this 0.50 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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Most consumers won't see the color in this G color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important). If you are buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you can go for without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with visible inclusions.

This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has very good proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics. By decreasing the carat weight of this stone (0.50 carats), it's possible you might save a few dollars that can go towards other expenses. This diamond's pricetag of $1340 puts it firmly a member of the least expensive group of diamonds that are considered for an engagement ring setting.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.5

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1340

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick


Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.09*5.12*3.15

Item number: 1334387

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