buying RADIANT diamond online?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2066 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

I think that with fancy cuts you definitely need to see the stone in person and compare it with other stones.  I suggest that you look at Good Old Gold, Diamonds by Lauren or Brian Gavin.  I know the first two have real shops as well as a major online presence.

I say this because, as with a round brilliant, cut is all important.  Unfortunately GIA and AGS do not grade cut for fancy shapes.   In the past I’ve seen two rings with radiants of the same clarity, colour, size and price.  One stone was fantastically sparkly and the other was as dull and lifeless as could be.

So if you are spending lots of money then either hire a gemologist to find a good stone or book a cheap flight for two to New York or Houston to see the diamonds in person.

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Post # 3
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with the PP- I would not buy a radiant, asscher or cushion online without seeing a variety of them in-person.  I’ve seen stones that looked great on paper look pretty crappy in real life side-by-side with lesser-quality stones that looked better (to me.) It’s really a personal preference.

Post # 4
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

if you buy from a reputable online source, they should have a solid return policy–obviously research that before you buy. In the meantime, go on YouTube and search Good Old Gold + radiant and watch Jonathan’s videos.  Additionally, specs mean nothing on paper, you have to see the stone in person, but it’s smart to arm yourself with the knowledge of what the parameters are for cut.  Here is a good resource:

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