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 Find: A 1.27 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

The coupling of VS2 clarity and F color of this diamond ensures pretty much an eye-clean diamond, without even needing to inspect it, as well as a white diamond with no traces of color.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.27

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $10550

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.5%

Table: 58.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 6.94*6.99*4.28

Item number: 1349774

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Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior. Juvenal .

The chance in color between any neighbouring colors in the D-E-F color range can only be detected in a specialist laboratory environment, meaning this F color diamond is indistinguishable from diamonds rated one color either side of it. Many different diamond sellers will provide an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the situation here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape. For more information on the "Medium to slightly thick" girdle for this diamond, have a read of the article about girdles. In analyzing the $10550 price for this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. By lowering the carat weight of this stone (1.27 carats), you may be able to save a few dollars which will help out with other costs.

Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity grading for buying online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself.