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).

Today's Diamond - 1.55 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H color, 1.55 carat diamond is an appropriate option for someone looking for a unbeatable blend of pureness and price-effectiveness.

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Typically VS2 clarity diamonds are the most affordable "safe" clarity rating in terms of buying online without a photo - although a lower clarity grading is possible you need to see a high quality photo of the diamond to assess the defects for yourself. In analyzing the $12500 price of this diamond, make sure you consider whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. Pay attention to this diamond's girdle description - "Medium to slightly thick, faceted" - and if you don't know about girdle thickness, try reading my short explanation of girdle thicknesses.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 1.55

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $12500

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.0%

Table: 59.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 7.41*7.44*4.53

Item number: 1350988

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Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. Malcolm S. Forbes .