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).

H Color VS2 Diamonds

H color diamonds represent the apex of balance between value for money and getting as white a diamond as possible. They occupy a slightly blurry position in the diamond color range – some people effectively call them colorless diamonds, while others will place them at the whitest of the “near-colorless” range.

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For this set of diamond reviews, I’ve combined the H color with the very popular VS2 clarity rating to find 92 diamonds in varying carat ranges and cut qualities, as shown below. I’ve varied the carat ranges and cut qualities so there is a large range of price options, from cheap budget options to deluxe high quality diamonds, up to very large sizes.

The diamonds are divided up in roughly the order they were found, and split into day by day headings just to increase legibility. If you’re in the market for a H color and a VS2 clarity, then there should be a carat size and cut quality somewhere in the list below to meet or get very close to your expectations.