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 Find: This 3.00 Carat H Color VS2 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

This 3.00 carat, VS2 clarity diamond is usually presented as a white diamond in some cases, or in other cases as a "near colorless" diamond depending on store.

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VS means Very Slightly Included - this VS2 clarity diamond contains some minor inclusions which might or might not be visible at 10x magnification, but are almost never visible with the naked eye - although it can happen occasionally. A H color diamond like this one is a great compromise between extreme white pureness and money considerations. If you've got some dollars to spend but do not want to splurge unnecessarily, this is a sensible color range to do your searching within.

In analyzing the $41500 cost for this diamond, put in some thought into whether you need all the properties to be as good as they are. The Premium cut grading of this diamond is a compromise between cut quality and diamond price. To get some additional pointers on the "Medium to slightly thick" girdle of this diamond, check out the article I wrote on girdle thickness.

Shape: Round

Carat weight: 3.0

Cut: Premium

Color: H

Clarity: VS2

Price: $41500

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.5%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Very Good

Symmetry: Good

Girdle: Medium to slightly thick

Culet: None

Fluorescence: Medium blue

Measurements: 9.26*9.17*5.76

Item number: 1232155

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Diamonds are forever. E-mail comes close. June Kronholz .