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 1.73 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H color, 1.73 carat diamond is an excellent option for someone looking for a combination of value and whiteness.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.73

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $15550

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent


Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.66*7.71*4.77

Item number: 1339609

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Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "") can play an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, as is explained in my girdle thickness article. Although this VS2 clarity diamond will almost certaintly be "eye-clean", if you are looking to reduce expenditure, try checking out SI clarity diamonds. Try to find a diamond that is eye-clean in a photo or when viewed in person. This H color diamond is a whiter stone than the lowest normal color gradings of J and below, which means it's a a balance-point between money considerations and quality, allowing one to have more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. The cut rating for this diamond (Premium) has it smack bang inbetween cut quality and cheapness of diamond. Weighing up the $15550 price for this diamond, make sure you consider whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are.

Make sure to cast a glance over nearby carat sizes around the 1.73 carat weight of this diamond, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties might become available.