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 Find: This 0.77 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H Color diamond is cheaper than higher color rated diamonds for a number of reasons, including the fact that it is not as rare and hence doesn't attract the super expensive price tag.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.77

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $2580

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.3%

Table: 57.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Very Good


Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 5.84*5.89*3.65

Item number: 1348180

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This diamond's $2580 cost is a major chunk of money for many people, but the tradeoff is a superior stone compared to if you spent a few hundred bucks. If you're a careful online purchaser, then this VS2 clarity diamond is a good safe option, since the chances are low of it having any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. A H color diamond like this one is a great compromise between white pureness and budgetary considerations. If you have got some money but don't wish to splurge unnecessarily, this is a great color range to do your searching within. Girdle thickness (for this diamond the girdle is "") can have an significant role in the size presented by the diamond, which is detailed in my girdle thickness article. Remember to cast a glance over neighbouring carat sizes around the 0.77 carat weight this diamond has, because in doing so your choices regarding other diamond properties may become available.

Several diamond sellers will provide an Ideal cut rating of diamond, and these diamonds are usually (as is the case here) perfect in terms of proportions and the overall shape.