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 0.90 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Good Cut Round Cut Diamond for Purchase

Many diamond purchasers settle for a H color, VS2 clarity diamond like this one because after research, they believe it to be the optimal balance of price and quality.

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Do not neglect diamond characteristics outside the four Cs, for example girdle thickness - it can be important for reasons discussed in my girdle thickness article. If you are a cautious online purchaser, then this VS2 clarity diamond is a good safe option, because the chances are low of it having any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. If your goal in buying a diamond is to get the biggest rock for your money, then you may have to reduce any requirements for other properties of the diamond, for example cut. This Good cut diamond is cheaper than higher grade cuts, although at the cost of decreased optical appearance. For a pricetag of $3860, this diamond is smack-bang within the normal range of stones bought for diamond engagement rings. If you eyeball this 0.90 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", think about whether you can compromise by lowering another property such as color or cut in order to get for a bigger diamond.

The H color of this diamond offers value for your dollar, as it is not one of the expensive premium color grades D-F.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.9

Cut: Good

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $3860

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.8%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.15*6.10*3.91

Item number: 1331925

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