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).

Pick for This Evening 1.56 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Many diamond purchasers eventually settle on a H color, VS2 clarity diamond like this one because after they have done their homework, they think it is the best option balancing quality and cost.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.56

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $12290

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.4%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.45*7.47*4.58

Item number: 1333501

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Consider if you're entirely set on the 1.56 carat weight that this diamond is - or whether you are able to extend a bit more to get a larger rock. 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 picking up a diamond with visible inclusions. The girdle of this diamond ("Medium to slightly thick, faceted") will have an effect on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely.