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).

Looking for a 1.30 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond?

This H Color diamond is cheaper when compared with higher color rated diamonds for a number of reasons, including the fact that it is not as uncommon and is therefore less costly.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.3

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $8270

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Extremely thin

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 6.85*6.92*4.30

Item number: 1347641

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If you are buying blind online, then VS2 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects. An untrained eye won't see the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). Pay attention to this diamond's girdle description - "Extremely thin" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, go have a read of my girdle thickness article. Spending $8270 towards a stone gets one a well above average diamond, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending the money.