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).

Seeking a 0.41 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond?

The stone on offer is this 0.41 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.41

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $780

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick


Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.76*4.79*2.98

Item number: 1336487

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Spending only $780 on the diamond, one can save more money to use for other expenses such as the wedding. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. The size of this stone is 0.41 carats - but make sure you check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 0.41 weight that may have a better combinations of properties and price. If you're a careful online purchaser, then this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. This G color diamond is less colored than the bottom normal color ratings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between money considerations and quality, allowing one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size.