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 Morning's Diamond - 0.56 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

H color stones such as this $1460 one are typically one of the highest selling diamond colors, and are often sold in a VS2 clarity as is the case with here.

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Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not forking out money for a "perfectly" cut diamond. VS is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions that may or may not be visible at 10x magnification, but almost never visible with the naked eye - but it can occur occasionally. Make sure to have a look at neighbouring carat sizes around the 0.56 carat size of this diamond, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties might become available. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "Thin to slightly thick") can have an significant role in the apparent size of the diamond, which is detailed in my article about girdle thickness.

For a diamond, a price of $1460 really places it in the lowest price group of diamonds, even more so in the context of engagement rings.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.56

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $1460

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 54.0%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.27*5.32*3.29

Item number: 1338536

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