Any bees with EGL stones?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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187 posts
Blushing bee

I have an EGL stone, but we purchased it in a store (rather than online), so I was able to see what it really looked like. If I were looking for a stone online, I would probaby stick with GIA. In terms of the EGL report vs. the actual diamond…the color is definitely warmer, but I’m okay with it. Other than that, there are no other issues with the stone. 

Post # 4
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5483 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KatyYoung:  I do in my RHR. We saw it in person though and got an awesome deal because our local jeweler had this stone for like … 10 years or something!! Hearts are not very popular! Ha. I understand that the grading probably isn’t quite as strict but it looks white and clear to me in all lights! It was rated an EGL E, VS1 I believe. 🙂

Post # 5
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3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@KatyYoung:  My e-ring is EGL but the diamond was chosen from loose stones and in person. My FH saw what he was buying upfront with no surpises. I’m very pleased with my ring. Absolutely thrilled in fact.

Post # 8
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453 posts
Helper bee

My stone is EGL. I honestly didn’t even care if it had a cert or not. The only thing a cert tells you is what an “expert” thinks of your stone’s quality. We bought mine in the store so I was able to see it.

I think it’s beautiful regardless of what any cert said it was graded. The stone was in DHs budget and for its size and appearance (and my perception of quality), I believe it was fairly priced. Would I buy a stone online without a cert? No. Would I buy a stone online at all? No. The certs mean nothing to me. You can have a beautiful diamond from IGI, EGL, GIA, AGS, in-house cert, Tiffany’s. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, what’s important to you in a diamond (size, shape, cut, color, clarity), and your budget. 2 ct radiant, VVS2 and I color. 

Post # 9
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3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@btothez:  I do love radiant cuts. I was open to radiants, cushions, aschers (sp?), rounds… so many choices.

Post # 10
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79 posts
Worker bee

@KatyYoung:  Similar experience to other PPs. I have an EGL-USA that I got in store, judged it with my eyes compared to what they said I was buying and I am happy. I do think my stone is a little warmer than I initially expected, but I’m not concerned since I bought on the low end of near colorless. I don’t know what this color is supposed to look like, but face up it’s very white. The store weighed it out to confirm carats and let me loupe it to check it’s clarity. 

I agree with another poster, that the certification matters less when you know what you’re getting into and what you’re buying (and you’re not deluding yourself into thinking you can grade diamonds accurately yourself). For this reason I think it’s better for the average consumer to lean more heavily into reputable labs because they probably won’t be able to tell they got ripped off until it’s too late. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My stone is a 1.01 carat cushion  EGL, but my hubby purchased it as a loose stone at a local store and was able to see it. I love my ring and wouldnt change it.  It is a warmer color, but it looks awsome..

Here is the funning things about engagemnet rintgs, you are all worried about rating and size all throughout the engaement process, but trust me after you pair wiht yhour bands and say I do, all that goes out the window and you are just happy to have the whole set.

In my opion I would never break the bank for a diamond… they are like cars they don’t appreciate in value and you will never get for it what you paid for it, unless you have a completely flawless diamond which most of us can’t afford. 

Going EGL saved my husband money and we are both happy with the decison, for the diamond is not a measure of how much the man realy loves you.

Post # 13
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3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@creeative1:  Honestly, no one in real life gives a shit, right? Like, you won’t be checking out at the grocery store with the clerk pausing between the apples and peppers to ask, “So is that like a VS1, color H, blah-blah-blah diamond certified by GIA?”

Give me a break. No one in real life cares. If the shit sparkles, people notice. If it doesn’t, people notice. If it looks like a lump of coal, expect questions. 🙂 People will not ask to see your GIA certificate. This only happens on the Bee where we are fixated on it. Sometimes I feel like a greedy bitch just for talking about it. Like, duh, I am not getting married BECAUSE of the ring… it’s because of the man. Granted, I do like bling and wouldn’t be happy without my sparkle but that’s another story for another thread that has already been posted to DEATH on the Bee.

Now, had I known anything about EGL vs GIA before I got my ring and landed on the Bee, I might have wanted GIA. Now that I have this gorgeous ring that looks flawless to me, I could not care less.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LilRhodyGem:  Exactly…. Nobody really cares and to be honest… does somebody’s GIA certificate mean their man loves them more than somebody’s man who gave them a ring with an EGL certificate…..  I highly doubt divorce statistics have anything to do with EGL vs GIA… it’s all a big hosh posh of advertising mess..

Post # 15
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Mine is EGL, it’s a 1.2 radiant…. It’s gorgeous and I really don’t care who graded it or what it is graded Lol. I agree with everyone else. It’s all about opinion and my opinion is it’s perfect 🙂 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@creeative1:  Please post a pic of your fabulous ring once you get it… even if it’s GIA! Ha ha. 🙂

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