Blue Nile SI2 eye clean?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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3228 posts
Sugar bee

@Toeternityandbeyon:

This question and answer is very subjective because diamonds can have all types of flaws. I myself have worked with Blue Nile before. 

Every diamond from Blue Nile that I’ve ever seen (long story) from Blue Mile was either an SI1 or SI2. You could see some imperfections under a loope but none visible to the naked eye. Some had visible flaws uder a loope that looked dark and others were very very clean and I couldn’t see anything in even under a loope! However, with that clarity range it IS possible to see some with the naked eye so it’s better to have them check. It also depends what shape stone you are getting. If you are getting Emerald or Asscher they are pretty transparent so they don’t hide flaws well. Also keep in mind the better the cut, the easier it is to hide flaws. Blue Nile diamonds are amazing though. GIA is also very strict in grading. 

Post # 4
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8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Toeternityandbeyond:  It is possible than even a VS2 would have a flaw visisble to the naked eye. You can ask them to verify if it’s eye clean, however.

Flaws vary… they can be one obvious big, black spot, or little flaws that are less noticeable.

 

Post # 6
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83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

There is no way to say with any certainty whether or not an SI1 or SI2 stone will have visible inclusions. More likely, yes. You can also have VS2s with visible inclusions, but much less likely. You could have light colored inclusions or black carbon spots, located peripherally (easily prongable) or dead center in the table. There is just no way to be sure without paying too much and springing for VS1. 

You should focus on vendors that give you pictures of the actual diamond so you can see the inclusions for yourself!

These vendors include: Good Old Gold, Whiteflash, Brian Gavin Diamonds, James Allen. Additionally, you can be better assured that you are getting stones with great light performance that will blow most anything else out of the water. 

BTW, Blue Nile can NOT verify that stones are eye clean because they are drop shippers and do not have any stones on site aside from the signature collection. Even then, they don’t provide images (Ideal Scope) that are helpful in selecting diamonds.

Post # 9
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242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@Toeternityandbeyond:  Whiteflash, GOG, BGD and JA are all certified conflict-free.  They are wonderful vendors with outstanding reputation!!  And they will give you the Idealscope image which is necessary in choosing a good diamond!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am pretty sure there is a 30 day return policy for diamonds from BN so you could order and always return it no risk.

Post # 11
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Wannabee

By GIA’s definition, SI1 inclusions are not visible to the naked eye, SI2 may be visible.

If you want to reduce the chances of disapointment, stick to GIA SI1. You will get a good price and a stone that should not have visible inclusions to the naked eye unless you have extraordinary vision.

I recently bought an SI1 and its clean, very clean. I did alot of research beforehand and searched specifically for a strong SI1. As you are aware, all these gradings are ranges. Some diamonds just miss VS2 and drop into SI1, some SI1 look almost like SI2 but remain SI1. Therefore, look hard for a strong SI1 and you will have a great diamond.

One important point, good buys diamonds will seldom make it onto websites. They are usually snapped up fast so if you can, go to a seller with large inventory and check their latest diamonds. I am very sure you will pick up a good buy.

Post # 11
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Newbee

Blue Nile states that SI2 diamonds have inclusions under 10x magnification and may be visible to the ‘keen’ unaided eye. My fiancé purchased an SI2 diamond there. It arrived with a large black inclusion just off from the center which could not be covered with prongs and was clearly visible from 3 feet away. Absolutely not worth the thousands paid for it. Returning the diamond was a hassle and disappointment. My fiancé had to pay insurance and shipping which was about $60. The ring arrived back and was reviewed by blue Nile, and they called him very quickly to discuss another stone. The woman told him that anything below a VS2 would have visible inclusions. Due to our terrible experience already, he chose to pay more and upgrade to the VS2. The diamond he chose would not ship for 3 weeks. He paid the difference and got a confirmation of when it would ship 3 weeks later. In the mean time, he heard nothing. At 3pm the day before it was supposed to ship, he received an email from blue Nile stating that some paperwork was missing from the original diamond and he would need to send it back for them to send out the new ring. Blue Nile had 3 weeks to inform him of this but failed to do so. He was traveling and told them that he would send  it out the following day (the day it was supposed to ship), and that he was very disappointed to be hearing of this issue the day before it was to ship instead of as soon as it was received or any other time during the 3 weeks. The next day, he received a call stating that it was an oversight and would still ship that day and please send back the paperwork. An hour later, a supervisor called and said that until they received the tracking information for the paperwork that he was sending back it would not go out. He provided them this information and then received a further email stating that the ring might still not go out as planned,  because it was too late in the day and they were still setting it. Our experience with blue Nile was horrible customer service, poor quality diamonds and deceiving descriptions of quality. We would never use them again. 

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