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 - 2.09 Carat F Color VS1 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

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

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.09

Cut: Ideal

Color: F

Clarity: VS1

Price: $32010

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.6%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: Very thin to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 8.10*8.19*5.10

Item number: 1190749

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F color diamonds are very colorless - they are included in the pure white group of diamonds. Usually VS1 clarity diamonds are the best value "safe" clarity rating for buying online without seeing the diamond - you can go to a lower clarity grading but then you need to see a good quality photo of the diamond to analyze the inclusions for yourself. Take note of this diamond's girdle characteristic - "Very thin to slightly thick" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.

This diamond's Ideal cut rating means it has very good proportions and very good or better symmetry and polish ratings. For $32010, if you've done your shopping properly you should have a nice stone, so make sure you're plenty critical when you're looking at this diamond. If you look at this 2.09 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", ponder whether you can compromise by lowering another property, for example clarity in order to get for a bigger diamond.