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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 Evening's Diamond - 0.74 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This 0.74 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond is currently listed by a major online diamond retailer.

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If you eyeball this 0.74 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", consider whether you can compromise by reducing another property, for example clarity in order to go for a bigger diamond. The Ideal cut means the diamond will sparkle significantly more in comparison to lower cut quality diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. If you are a careful online buyer, this VS2 clarity diamond is relatively safe bet, since it is unlikely to have any inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye. The Girdle Thickness of this diamond is "Thin to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my piece on girdle thickness if you want to find out more concerning how girdle thickness can be important. A G color diamond like this one is a great compromise between white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you've got some money but do not wish to waste it, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.74

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $2880

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.9%

Table: 54.9%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.79*5.83*3.60

Item number: 1338462

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