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).

Searching for a 0.34 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

This VS2 clarity H color VS2 diamond has a size of 0.34 carats.

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Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to slightly thick") can play an important role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my article about girdle thickness. VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions which may or may not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but almost never visible with the naked eye - but it can happen on the odd occasion. This H color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below; it's a great compromise between quality and budget, enabling you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.34

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $560

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.8%

Table: 55.7%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 4.49*4.52*2.78

Item number: 1236848

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