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).

Tonight's Diamond - 0.70 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond

After some searching, I've been able to find this 0.70 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity Ideal Cut Round Cut Diamond.

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Consider if you are entirely set on the 0.70 carat weight of this diamond - perhaps you are able to stretch to get a slightly larger diamond. Although not quite as perfect a cut as Hearts & Arrows, the Ideal cut of this particular diamond results in it being significantly cheaper, because you're not paying a premium for a "perfectly" cut diamond. $2730 will often get you a decent quality and size stone, including this particular one. The girdle of this diamond ("Thin to medium") has an influence on the diamond, and should not be neglected entirely.

This G color diamond is a whiter stone than the bottom normal color gradings of J and below; it's a a balance-point between money considerations and quality, allowing one to have more in the other Cs of diamonds for example cut rating. If you're buying blind on the Internet, then VS2 clarity is basically the lowestclarity rating you should consider without carrying a significant risk of getting a diamond with eye-visible defects.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 0.7

Cut: Ideal

Color: G

Clarity: VS2

Price: $2730

Certificate: AGS

Depth: 61.1%

Table: 56.2%

Polish: Ideal

Symmetry: Ideal

Girdle: Thin to medium

Culet: Pointed

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 5.70*5.74*3.50

Item number: 1345619

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