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 Today 0.34 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

If you've been working your way up the color scale, then you can stop at this diamond's color grading of F - you've arrived at the pure white range of diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.34

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $630

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.0%

Table: 60.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.52*4.49*2.75

Item number: 1311434

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To the unassisted human eye, this F color diamond by itself appears pure white - there isn't a method to detect traces of color in the diamond using just the naked eye and no other nearby diamonds, or to differentiate it from others within the colorless range. By using only $630 on the diamond, one will be able to save more money to use for other expenses such as the wedding. Several companies will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are almost always (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the general shape. For more information on the "Medium to slightly thick" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article about girdles.

If you are buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you can go for without running a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects.

Remember to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 0.34 carat weight this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties can become available.