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 Searching is Finished: 0.23 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This F-rated diamond is a colorless diamond - but be careful of comparing it with other "F" color diamonds that have been graded in one of the dodgier grading organizations - what GIA calls an H may be called an F by them.

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Remember to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 0.23 carat size of this diamond, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties can open up. The chance in color between any neighbouring colors from the D-E-F color range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, with the significance that this F color diamond is not distinguishable from diamonds rated one color either side of it. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond has some minor inclusions that may or may not be easy to see under 10x magnification, but are almost never visible using just the naked eye - however it can happen on the odd occasion. The Girdle Thickness for this diamond is "Thin to medium" - I suggest consulting my piece on girdle thickness if you are interested in finding out more concerning how girdle thickness can play an important role. For a diamond, a cost of $600 puts it in the lowest price group of diamonds, even more so in the context of engagement rings.

The Ideal cut ensures the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower cut quality diamonds, maximizing attractiveness.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.23

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $600

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.6%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.04*4.01*2.44

Item number: 1351515

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