Post # 1
My boyfriend and I are currently looking at engagement rings and we have had our eye (well I have) on one for about 6 months now. It’s an emerald cut with side baguettes with a TDW of 1.16 carats. The centre stone is .80 with a G colour and SI2 clarity. I’m wondering if this clarity is too low for an emerald cut? It’s down to $4,999 from $10,000 so we are highly considering buying it, but quality is an important factor.
Post # 2
I just looked it up and an emerald cut with SI clarity, G-colour at .80carat is between $1500-2100 on Blue Nile. Keep in mind that’s GIA certified.
I don’t know how expensive a comparable setting to the one you have is, so whether it’s worth it is your call to make. Have you seen the stone? Since ECs have fewer facets, it’s much harder to find one that is “eye clean” at lower clarity grades. If you have looked at the diamond and it looks good, then I don’t think SI2 clarity is bad.
Post # 3
BecD: I guess you’d have to look at it carefully and see if you notice any inclusions. I do know that emerald cut is the cut where clarity it extremely important.
Post # 4
I’ve seen the stone and it looks perfect, I was surprised by the low clarity. It has 2 .18 baguettes on either side, 18ct rose gold with 18ct white gold setting. The only pic I have is a really bad quality iphone pic. It’s also a handmade ring which I think is where the price is coming from but still can’t believe they had $10 000 on it! So unsure
Post # 5
BecD: If the stone is certified, look at the lab report inclusion diagram and use it to find the inclusions on the actual stone. A regular consumer that doesn’t have much experience with diamonds might not be able to locate inclusions at first without knowing where to look and some help. Once you found the ones that made it get an SI2 grade, you can decide whether the clarity is good enough for you.
I’d be careful with any store that has such a high regular price, and then a dramatic sale price. I doubt any business owner would accept a $5,000 discount if they knew it was actually worth and could be sold for $10,000.
Post # 6
With an Emerld Cut, Clarity is VERY important. There is nowhere for flaws to hide. I would not recommend getting an SI2. In fact, with an EC, I wouldn’t recommend anything below an VS2.
I’d go with something higher quality, unless you can see the diamond in person…not just a picture, and you’re satisfied with it after really studying it from all angles.
Post # 7
I’d say do some comparison shopping. You could get a VVS2, G color, Excellent cut .80 ct. Emerald Cut diamond from Lumera.com for around $2,700. If you have $5k to put towards a ring, I’d go up in clarity as others have mentioned. Don’t weigh your decision based on the orginal price tag of $10k–that is a marketing tactic to make you think you are getting a deal. The only way to find out what kind of deal you are getting is to do price comparisons based on specs.
Also there is a huge difference in how much fire and sparkle you can get out of an EC depending on the cut grade. Viewing stones in person or having the opportunity to return anything you might not be satisfied with for a full refund would be important to me, as is a GIA appraisal. Take a 10x mag loop with you when you examine stones for inclusions and don’t feel pressured to make any on the spot decisions. Good luck!
Post # 8
I have to agree with those who recommended that you look around. I have an emerald cut diamond, but it’s a VS2. I cannot see a thing wrong, but I would not recommend getting anything lower. A VS2, VS1 and above should work, but you would have to look at it yourself. Emerald cuts need to be a higher quality or you will see the problems and not have a beautifully clear stone.
Post # 9
BecD: I agree with previous posts. I was looking into getting an emerald cut and was told to stay away from anything less than vs2. The cut and facets of the emerald makes it less forgiving when it comes to inclusions. The best bet is to check out the diamond for yourself and go from there.