Post # 1
Edited: accidentally posted too soon!
Soon-to-be FI and I have ordered my e-ring with the setting I have always wanted, which took up pretty much all of our ring budget. Since we didn’t have much left, we decided to have it set with a white sapphire to save money, and change it to a diamond at a later date. Now it looks like we may be able to go ahead and get the diamond, but we will have to sacrifice in some areas to stick within our price range.
The sapphire that we chose was 0.39ct, which I’ve read is equivalent in size to a 0.35ct diamond. I don’t want to go any lower than about 1/3 ct for the diamond, otherwise there will be a visible gap between the stone and halo.
I need to stay around $500 or less, so for around 1/3 carat my options seem to be G-H color and SI2 clarity at best.
Can you bees please tell me your stats and post a picture of the ring, so I can see all these different options for real? I’m most interested in seeing rings with the specs I listed above so I can get an idea of what I can afford. We’re planning a trip to the jeweler soon, but internet is all I have for now!
Also, though I thank you in advance for suggestions on where to find a loose diamond, we have to buy it from our jeweler – otherwise they charge $3/point to set it (so that would be about $100 for us, give or take), and there is no warranty. Unless we can find a loose stone that would be less than $500 including the setting fee, that’s not an option for us.
Post # 3
If you focus on the cut, you can sacrfice a bit on the color and definitely the clarity. I would get a “very good” cut and about an I color. If you go with J, it can look a bit yellow UNLESS it has “faint” flouresence which will help it look more white.
Post # 4
25th Anniversary ring I just got recently! Big day in a few weeks. Colour F, VVS 2 Clarity, Cut Very Good, .5 carat emerald centre stone plus .25 tcw side stones.
Post # 5
You sure you can’t buy from Blue Nile? They have amazing prices on loose stones.
I don’t see anything wrong w. the specs you’re choosing, except I’d suggest you verify that the stone is ‘eye clean’ – wherever you buy it from.
SI2 isn’t great clarity, but you can get eye clean stones of this grade. Even a VS2 can have a black carbon spot in it. You need to verify where these inclusions are, and what their nature is.
I don’t have a ring to post, but honestly pics don’t tell the whole story – especially ones done by the average camera.
Cut is king – it’ll sparkle the most the better the cut. That’s the factor you need to put the most money into.
Post # 6
I have no idea what my cut grade is, tbh. I should see if it’s on my paperwork, but we don’t have it appraised yet. It’s a ~.25 princess, H color, I1 and eye clean. There’s one inclusion that’s a crystal, so no carbon spots anywhere (and you can only see it when you look from a certain angle, since it blends in with the facets). This is the best picture I have at work.