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).

This 0.31 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond for You

This H color VS2 diamond is 0.31 carats.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.31

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $510

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.4%

Table: 55.2%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 4.37*4.41*2.69

Item number: 1236830

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To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to slightly thick" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article I wrote on girdle thickness. Consider whether you are really set on the 0.31 carat weight of this diamond - or whether you are able to stretch for a bigger diamond. If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is basically the minimumclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with visible inclusions. The James Allen company states that the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's true or not, choosing a diamond with this cut grading does suggest is that you are focused about obtaining the best possible visual appearance from the diamond.

Most consumers won't notice the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (for multistone rings this is important).

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles. Thomas Browne .