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 0.58 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond for Sale

H color diamonds such as this $1410 one are known for being one of the most popular diamond colors, often coupled with a VS2 clarity like this stone.

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This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has very good proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics. Don't neglect diamond characteristics beside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - which can be important for reasons outlined in the article on girdles on this website. If you are buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you can go for without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.57

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1410

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.4%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.31*5.36*3.33

Item number: 1335112

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