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 0.78 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Good Cut Round Cut Diamond

This VS2 clarity H color VS2 diamond is 0.78 carats.

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Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity grading in terms of buying online without seeing the diamond - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a high quality photo showing the diamond to assess the inclusions for yourself. For a pricetag of $2160, this diamond sits smack-bang in the normal range of stones used for diamond engagement rings.

The Girdle Thickness of this stone is "Slightly thick to thick" - you can consult my piece on girdle thickness if you want to find out more about how girdle thickness can be important. Remember to have a look at nearby carat sizes around the 0.78 carat weight this diamond has, to see if any options regarding other diamond properties may become available.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.78

Cut: Good

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $2160

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 64.4%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Slightly thick to thick


Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.77*5.79*3.72

Item number: 1336574

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