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 Find: A 0.57 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The coupling of F color and eye-clean appearance of this diamond ensures that you're getting an eye-clean diamond, even without needing to look at it, as well as a white diamond with no traces of color.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.56

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1660

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.0%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.35*5.38*3.27

Item number: 1271193

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Remember to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 0.56 carat size this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties may become available. The girdle of this diamond ("Thin to medium") has an effect on the diamond; don't ignore it completely. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has excellent proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish ratings. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity grading in terms of purchasing online without seeing the diamond - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo of the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself.

This diamond's ticket price of $1660 means it is firmly in the cheapest group of diamonds which are considered for an engagement ring setting. F color diamonds are pretty much colorless, meaning they are part of the pure white diamond range.

I used to dream how good it would be to be Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle. My dreams have died. Even the rotten rings aren't what they're supposed to be. I'll buy my own diamonds. I can afford it now. No one gives you anything, you've got to get it for yourself. Reggie Jackson .