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 - 0.56 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Here we have a 0.56 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond, containing 0.56 carats of stone.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.56

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1650

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 60.2%

Table: 56.2%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: 0.7%-3.4%

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.37*5.43*3.25

Item number: 1338449

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The carat weight of this stone is 0.56 carats - be sure to check out the other diamonds for sale with that same 0.56 weight which might have a more desirable combination of properties and price. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "0.7%-3.4%") can have an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article. Many different diamond sellers will offer an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect with respect to proportions and the overall shape. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the lowest normal color ratings of J and below; it's a great compromise between money considerations and quality, enabling one to get more in the other Cs of diamonds such as carat size.

Spending only $1650 on the diamond, one will be able to save more cash to put towards other costs such as the wedding. Although this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person.