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 - 1.78 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This particular 1.78 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond was one of the candidates during a recent trawling of the internet for interesting diamonds.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.78

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $19410

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.0%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.76*7.79*4.82

Item number: 1315697

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No pressure, no diamonds. Thomas Carlyle .

Throwing $19410 towards a stone nets you a well above average diamond, like this one. A tip: sanity check that you're happy spending this amount of money on a diamond. The G color of this diamond offers value for your dollar, since it is not one of the expensive premium color grades D-F. The Girdle Thickness of this stone is "Thin to slightly thick" - I suggest consulting my piece on girdle thickness if you want to find out more about how girdle thickness can play an important role.

The Ideal cut means the diamond will sparkle significantly more than lower quality cut diamonds, optimizing attractiveness. Usually VS2 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating for buying online without a photo - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo showing the diamond to analyze the defects for yourself.