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 2.11 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

H color stones like this $20900 one are known for being one of the highest selling diamond colors, and are often sold in a VS2 clarity like this stone.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.11

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $20900

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.6%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.23*8.28*5.09

Item number: 1329071

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Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating for purchasing online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to assess the defects for yourself. The size of this stone is 2.11 carats - be sure to look for the other diamonds for sale with a similar 2.11 weight that may have a better combinations of properties and price. The Ideal cut means the diamond will shine significantly more than lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. The girdle of this diamond ("Thin to medium") will have an influence on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely.

For $20900, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone; ensure that you are harsh in your judgement when you're looking at this diamond. A H color diamond such as this one is a great compromise between white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but don't wish to waste it, this is a great color range to do your searching within.