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 0.53 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond for Purchase

This 0.53 carat, VS2 clarity diamond is usually described as a white diamond in some cases, or in other cases as a "near colorless" diamond depending on store.

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If you look at this 0.53 carat stone and immediately say, "that carat size is too small", think about whether you can compromise by lowering other properties, for example clarity so you can go for a bigger diamond. Don't ignore diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - which can be important for reasons discussed in the article on girdles on this website. According to James Allen, the Hearts & Arrows cut is the "ultimate expression of love". Whether that's relevant to you, picking a diamond with this cut does indicate is that you are serious about getting the highest possible visual performance out of the diamond. This H color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a great compromise between money considerations and quality, allowing you to get more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. This diamond's pricetag of $1370 means it is firmly in the least expensive group of diamonds that might be used in an engagement ring setting.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.53

Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1370

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.4%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Negligible

Measurements: 5.19*5.25*3.21

Item number: 1287709

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