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).

The Afternoon's Diamond - 0.54 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

An F color diamond like this F colored stone will present as pure white, that is except if you hold it up against a D color diamond and if you did you probably wouldn't be able to tell anyway.

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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Chinese Proverb .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.54

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1800

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 54.4%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.21*5.27*3.25

Item number: 1338338

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The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will shine significantly more in comparison to lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. By using only $1800 on the diamond, one will be able to save more money to put towards other costs such as the wedding. F color diamonds are virtually colorless, meaning they are included in the pure white diamond range. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some smaller inclusions that might or might not be visible at 10x magnification, but almost never visible with the naked eye - but it can happen occasionally.

Put this 0.54 carat weight in the right reference frame as you weigh up your diamond options - there are for sure other diamonds in the same size range which can offer more with regards to their cost and properties. Do not ignore diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, such as girdle thickness - it can be important due to reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website.