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 - 2.09 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This particular 2.09 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond was one of the candidates during a recent search for interesting diamonds.

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Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond means it is significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. Place this 2.09 carat weight in the right reference frame when you consider your diamond choices - there are for sure other stones in the same size range that could provide more in terms of their price and properties. Pay attention to this diamond's girdle description - "Medium to slightly thick" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, go have a read of my girdle thickness article.

Although this VS2 clarity diamond is pretty much guaranteed to be "eye-clean", if you are aiming to save some money, you should check out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that appears eye-clean in a photo or when seen in the flesh.

Spending $26310 towards a diamond gets you a diamond well above the cut, such as this diamond. Just be sure that you and your partner are happy spending this amount of money on a diamond.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.09

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $26310

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.21*8.24*5.03

Item number: 1333976

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