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).

Picked for You: 0.50 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

If your color standards have been steadily increasing during your search, feel free to stop at this F color diamond - you've arrived at the pure white range of diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.5

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1540

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.07*5.12*3.17

Item number: 1352621

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Through decreasing the size of this stone (0.50 carats), it's possible you might save a substantial amount of money which will help out with other costs. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating for buying online without a photo - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself. For any diamond, a price of $1540 puts it in the cheapest set of diamonds, especially for engagement rings. The chance in color between any neighbouring colors in the D-E-F range is only detectable in a lab, with the significance that this F color diamond is indistinguishable when compared with diamonds rated only one color grade differently.

This diamond's girdle ("Medium to slightly thick") has an influence on the diamond, and should not be neglected entirely. The Ideal cut means the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness.