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 - 2.24 Carat G Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

Why bother spending the extra money for a colorless diamond, when you can so easily change to a G color, VS1 clarity diamond and save some serious dollars.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.24

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: VS1

Price: $29320

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.1%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Extremely thin to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: Very Small

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 8.45*8.55*5.11

Item number: 1308099

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For $29320, you should be getting a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical as you look at this stone. If you eyeball this 2.24 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", ponder whether you can compromise by lowering other properties, for example color or cut in order to go for a larger diamond. This diamond's girdle is "Extremely thin to slightly thick, faceted", which can have a impact on the shine and apparently width of the diamond, as written about in my diamond girdle page.

The visual attractiveness of this diamond will be good due to its Premium cut, although inferior to the more expensive higher cut grades. If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS1 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with visible inclusions. This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below; it's a great compromise between quality and budget, allowing you to have more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating.