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).

Take a look at: 1.53 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

I have found you a nice 1.53 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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While not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. Spending $13680 towards a diamond gets one a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond.

Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "") can play an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, which is detailed in my article about girdle thickness. Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating in terms of purchasing online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself.

An untrained eye won't see the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). Consider whether you're really set on the 1.53 carat weight that this diamond is - perhaps you can extend a bit more to get a larger rock.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.53

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $13680

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.38*7.46*4.53

Item number: 1343645

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