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 Find: This 0.32 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

This H Color diamond is cheaper when compared with superior color grades for a number of reasons, including the fact that it is not as uncommon and hence doesn't attract the super expensive price tag.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.32

Cut: Ideal

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $560

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 61.7%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Excellent

Girdle: Medium, faceted

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 4.42*4.40*2.72

Item number: 1351193

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Pay attention to this diamond's girdle description - "Medium, faceted" - if you're unsure about girdles, go have a read of my short explanation of girdle thicknesses. A H color diamond such as this one is a good option balancing extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you have got some money but do not wish to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to look in. Spending only $560 on the diamond, one can save more cash to put towards other costs, for example a wedding reception. If you look at this 0.32 carat stone and think to yourself, "that carat size is too small", ponder whether it's possible to compromise by reducing other properties such as clarity so you can go for a bigger diamond. This diamond's Ideal cut rating indicates it has very good proportions and very good or better polish and symmetry ratings.

I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back. Zsa Zsa Gabor .