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 1.23 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond for Purchase

This H color VS2 diamond is 1.23 carats.

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This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has excellent proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry characteristics. Consider whether you are really set on the 1.23 carat weight of this diamond - perhaps you are able to stretch for a bigger rock.

The girdle of this diamond ("Medium, faceted") will have an influence on the overall diamond, and should not be neglected entirely.

Most consumers won't see the color in this H color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a diamond with say a D color rating (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring). Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity grading in terms of buying online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.23

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $8510

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.85*6.89*4.25

Item number: 1306839

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