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: 1.72 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

An F color diamond such as this diamond is guaranteed to appear pure white, unless you hold it up against a diamond of D color and if you did you probably wouldn't be able to tell anyway.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.72

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $19370

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.58*7.63*4.76

Item number: 1288246

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In analyzing the $19370 cost of this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. The difference between any neighbouring colors from the D-E-F range is only detectable in a lab, meaning this F color diamond is not distinguishable when compared with diamonds rated one color either side of it. If you're buying blind online, then VS2 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with visible inclusions. If you look at this 1.72 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", ponder whether you can compromise by lowering other properties such as clarity in order to get for a larger diamond.

The Girdle Thickness for this stone is "Slightly thick" - you can consult my piece on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more concerning how girdle thickness can be important. The cut property of this diamond (Premium) means it sits smack bang inbetween cut quality and diamond pricing considerations.

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