Can you tell which is the better quality diamond?[picheavy]

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: which do you think is the better quality stone?
    first group of 3 pics : (35 votes)
    36 %
    second group of 3 pics : (61 votes)
    64 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Always go with the better clarity. I would not buy an I rated stone for both personal and investment reasons. In the past decade the market has become flooded with poor clarity stones – stay away.

    but clarity and color are nearly impossible to judge with non- pro photographs.

    Post # 4
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    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Every person is different as to what they perceive as best value for their money. whichever stone speaks to u most and makes u happiest is the stone for u, regardless of the price difference. 

    personally I would find out ALL specs and decide after I knew cut specs, which is most important characteristic to me. But again, everyone is different, which is why there is a perfect stone out there for everyone.

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m a fairly good judge IRL, but honestly, I can NEVER tell from photos; I do have an opinion, but don’t want to share it as you’ve kept one, and I’d hate to sound insulting about it or something lol.

    FWIW, I had my ring re-made: total carat weight is exactly the same, as is the setting, but the stones are completely different specs. I posted a comparison photo on here and you can totally tell the difference, esp when they’re side by side. The difference is even more obvious IRL.

    Post # 6
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    8593 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s too hard for me to tell from photos.  But I wouldn’t buy an I-clarity stone.

    Post # 7
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    46 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    it’s kind of difficult to tell from just pics. If you have any specs (table size, depth, crown angle pavilion ange) I could get a better idea. My guess is at least one of them is deep, possibly both.

    I would avoid an I stone for an e-ring unless you knew the inclusion wasn’t eyevisible and that it was not a durability risk (surface reaching feather for example).

    If you continue your search, to avoid accidentally purchasing overly deep or overly shallow stones try to stick within these parameters. Even if you are not interested in them, your OH probably will be.

    table: 54-58

    depth: 60-62.3

    crown angle: 34-35

    pavilion: 40.6-41

    try to stick to excellent or ideal cut rating.

     

    Post # 9
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    46 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @luckylady- that would have been my guess about which was which. Are you set on that particular stone? Do you have specs you could post? if you ar fine with what you have then that is ok. However, BN has a great return/exchange policy and if you are interested in seeing what else is available in your budget I will be glad to help. Fingers at the ready, parameters all lined up… 🙂 

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @luckylady11:   well, then there u have it! A stone doesn’t have to have quadruple ideal specs for it to be breathtaking.  it doesnt have to fit into anyones category of “quality” except yours. If u love it, its perfect 🙂 congrats on finding it!

    Post # 12
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    46 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Luckylady I’ll be happy to do whatever you like. I don’t know what the time frame is on the ring you got from BN, but one options would be to let me have a look around and see what I can see if you’ll let me know what the budget is/was. You could get 2 rings in to look at from them and send back the one you like least if you can get it all done within 30 days. That way if the ring you have now turns out to really be “the one” then you are already good to go. 

    62.4 is not too bad over in depth, 59 table is a little out of bounds but not a dealbreaker either. I will look at the specs. There are other places you can save (dropping to G/H perhaps) and focus your savings towards other aspects.

    Let me know what the budget was and I’ll start looking.

    Post # 13
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    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I think 6 prongs is more elegant, so I went with the second!  Can’t really tell from the pictures the diamond quality though 🙂

    Post # 15
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    46 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Here’s a couple to consider, thoguh for the price, I don’t think y’all did bad on what you got. I don’t know what sent it in to VG cut (could have been the polish or symmetry but I couldn’t pull up the item information to look at teh report)

     Spread is a little bigger on the first than your current one even though it weighs onlly 1pt more. Cut is EX or Ideal on them and both spread over 4.8mm

    http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?pt=setform&track=NavDrawDia#diamonds_pid=LD03434758

    http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?pt=setform&track=NavDrawDia#diamonds_pid=LD03518959

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 16
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    3806 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The first set of three photos are really warm. I’m not a fan of warm diamonds so I chose the second set of three.

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