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 Over: 2.17 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This is a H color diamond, located within the almost colorless group of diamonds and possesses excellent value for money as a basically colorless diamond.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.17

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $21990

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.2%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Strong

Measurements: 8.30*8.24*5.14

Item number: 1307816

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For $21990, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this diamond. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Medium to slightly thick, faceted") can have an important role in the size presented by the diamond, as is explained in my article about girdle thickness.

This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry ratings. Most consumers won't see the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). The carat weight of this diamond is 2.17 carats - be sure to look for the other diamonds for sale with a similar 2.17 weight that might have a better combinations of properties and price.

You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel. Richard Bach .