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 Morning 5.72 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

H color stones like this $162420 one are known for being one of the highest selling diamond colors, and are often sold in a VS2 clarity as is the case with here.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 5.72

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $162420

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 11.55*11.65*7.09

Item number: 1280758

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This diamond has a girdle described as "Slightly thick", which can have a impact on the shine and apparently width of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle article. For $162420, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement as you look at this stone. The Premium cut rating for this diamond is a good compromise between cut quality and diamond price.

Most consumers won't notice the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is compared side by side with a diamond with say a D color rating (for multistone rings this is important).