Today’s criteria was to find the best 1.2 ct diamond among the VS2 diamonds listed at JamesAllen.com
VS2 is a great area to look for value.
The inclusions may or may not be visible to the unaided eye.
JamesAllen makes it easy to scan through the images of all the diamonds that you r search brings up.
I used the following search parameters:
That search brought up 593 results.
Identifying the best cut diamond
I started scrolling, looking for a diamond that would stand out as having exceptional symmetry.
Nothing looked good for the first few dozen rows.
But then I reached this one:
I decided I didn’t have to look much further as this one is a real find.
Here are the full specs:
|girdle:||Slightly Thick – Slightly Thick|
The symmetry on this diamond is excellent and the specs all lay within the parameters to place it within those that GIA deems to be an Excellent cut grade.
The diamond’s light performance is evident in the image.
Though using the diamond’s image is not usually a good way to measure a diamond’s light performance, all the diamonds at James Allen are photographed under identical conditions, so when this diamond is compared to the others in the lineup it is obvious that this one does have better light return to the range of the camera’s lens.
Compared to the F diamond above it which is one color grade lighter, you can see that it has strong light return and no obvious inclusions.
Its symmetry really stands out as well. All indicators that this is definitely a strong contender as a good diamond if not the best one within its price range.
On close inspection of the GIA grading report we can see that the reason this diamond has received a VS2 clarity grade is due to the clouds which make up most of the inclusions in this diamond.
These inclusions are not directly under the table, but closer to the girdle.
Most VS2 diamonds have barely distinguishable inclusions and that is why it’s a good range to look in if you want an eye clean diamond.
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