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 - 2.06 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

Getting a diamond that presents "clean" to the eye is the name of the game with a G color SI1 clarity diamond like this one - which is where the high resolution photo comes in so handy.

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The SI clarity range (which this SI1 clarity diamond is part of) is the place where bargains are found. Try and find a diamond that appears "clean" to the naked eye, either by going over the diamond in the flesh, or by looking at an online enlarged photo of the diamond. For $21040, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical when you're looking at this diamond. This diamond's girdle is "Slightly thick", which plays a impact on the shine and apparently width of a diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page.

If you eyeball this 2.06 carat stone and immediately say, "that carat size is too small", consider whether you can compromise by reducing other properties such as color or cut so you can get for a larger diamond. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

The G color of this diamond provides value for your dollar, since it is not a member of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.06

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $21040

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 8.12*8.15*5.06

Item number: 1320541

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