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 2.71 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

The F color of this diamond is nicely complemented by the high clarity rating of VS1; this means it has either fewer inclusions or rather, somewhat smaller inclusions compared to a VS2 diamond.

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To get some additional pointers on the "Thin to slightly thick, faceted" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness. VS stands for Very Slightly Included - this VS1 clarity diamond contains some smaller inclusions which may or may not be visible under 10x magnification, but are rarely visible using just the naked eye - but it can happen on the odd occasion. Remember to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 2.71 carat size of this diamond, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties might open up.

Since this diamond is a Premium cut diamond, it offers fantastic value for money, since it doesn't attract the price tag added to the higher cut gradings, despite still providing reasonable optical performance.

For $55540, you should be getting a nice stone; ensure that you are plenty critical as you look at this stone. The difference between any adjacent colors in the D-E-F color range is only detectable in a lab, with the significance that this F color diamond is indistinguishable from diamonds rated one color either side of it.

My crown is in my heart, not in my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen; my crown is called contentment; A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy. William Shakespeare .

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.71

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $55540

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.8%

Table: 56.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 8.79*8.88*5.55

Item number: 1294475

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