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 Search is Finished: 0.41 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The pairing of F color and eye-clean appearance of this diamond ensures pretty much a diamond that appears clean to the naked eye, even without needing to look at it, and you also get a diamond which is colorless.

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The Girdle Thickness for this stone is "Thin to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my article on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more about how girdle thickness can be important. The Hearts & Arrows cut of this stone places it in the upper 1% of diamonds on the market today in terms of cut rating. This cut is the top cut offered by James Allen and ensures the highest diamond sparkle. The chance in color between any adjacent colors in the D-E-F range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, with the significance that this F color diamond is not distinguishable when compared with diamonds rated one color either side of it. If you're looking at this diamond and considering whether to improve another property of the diamond not related to size, think about downgrading the 0.41 carat weight for this diamond to achieve that end. For a diamond, a price of $940 really places it amongst the cheapest set of diamonds, even more so for engagement rings.

VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions that might or might not be easy to see at 10x magnification, but are almost never visible with the naked eye - but it can happen sometimes.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.41

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $940

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 54.7%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 4.75*4.79*2.96

Item number: 1344945

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