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 1.61 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

This H color, 1.61 carat diamond is an appropriate choice for someone looking for a unbeatable blend of pureness and price-effectiveness.

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Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. The Girdle Thickness of this stone is "Medium to slightly thick" - you can consult my article on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role. If you look at this 1.61 carat stone and immediately say, "that stone is too small", think about whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties, for example color or cut so you can go for a larger diamond. An untrained eye won't see the color in this H color diamond, unless the stone is compared side by side with a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important).

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.61

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $12640

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.7%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.45*7.51*4.69

Item number: 1345277

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