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: This 0.70 Carat F Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

While diamonds graded G in color are 50-50 classified as almost colorless diamonds, F color diamonds are always deemed to belong to the pure white diamond group.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.7

Cut: Premium

Color: F

Clarity: VS2

Price: $2590

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 63.7%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Faint

Measurements: 5.60*5.58*3.56

Item number: 1317211

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Since this diamond is a Premium cut diamond, it offers excellent value for your dollar, not attracting the price premium of the higher cut gradings, while still providing reasonable optical performance. $2590 will allow you to find a good quality diamond, including this particular one. Consider if you are really set on the 0.70 carat weight of this diamond - or whether you are able to extend a bit more for a larger diamond. F color diamonds are usually described as the colorless diamonds, amongst the purest white diamonds available for sale.

The Girdle Thickness for this diamond is "Slightly thick to thick" - I suggest consulting my piece on diamond girdles if you are interested in finding out more concerning how girdle thickness can play an important role.

If you are buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is really the lowestclarity rating you should consider without running a significant risk of picking up a diamond with eye-visible defects.

Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way in the world, without them it is like a great rough diamond, very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but most prized when polished. Lord Chesterfield .