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: 0.54 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

If you have been trying to find something like a 0.54 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond, then you're in luck, assuming it has not already sold by this time.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.54

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1450

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium


Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.20*5.24*3.24

Item number: 1336568

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Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. If you look at this 0.54 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by reducing another property such as clarity in order to get for a bigger diamond. By using only $1450 on the diamond, you will be able to save more cash to use for other expenses, for example a wedding reception. Don't neglect diamond characteristics beside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - which can be important for reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions which may or may not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but almost never visible with the naked eye - however it can occur occasionally.