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Cut is your most important factor. The better the Cut, the whiter and cleaner the diamond will face up.


With a well-cut stone, you can easily go with a H/SI-1 and have it look indistinguishable from a G/VS-1.

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I agree with Barry. In addition to facing more white and masking clarity characteristics, a well cut stone may also appear slightly larger than a stone of lesser cut quality.


The shape you are considering is also a factor as round brilliants tend to hide inclusions better than, say, Emerald cuts. If you are getting something similar to an Emerald cut you may want to stay in the VS range and go slighlty lower in color (G-H).


What is most important is that the diamond is eye-clean.

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