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 Evening's Diamond - 2.07 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

If your color standards have been steadily increasing during your search, feel free to stop at this diamond's color grading of F, which I think you'll find should meet your expectations.

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Despite the fact this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you're aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. You can manually pick a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh. Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Thin to medium" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, go have a read of my girdle thickness article. Remember to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 2.06 carat size this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties may become available. Weighing up the $27240 price of this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond.

The difference between any neighbouring colors in the D-E-F range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, with the significance that this F color diamond is not distinguishable when compared with diamonds rated only one color grade differently.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.06

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $27240

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 60.9%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 8.22*8.26*5.02

Item number: 1322088

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