Post # 1
So, my SO and I went ring shopping recently and I fell in love with a Henri Daussi cushion cut halo. The price for the whole ring (diamond included) was around $4500 which is more than we want to spend. The center diamond is .5 carat, color- d, SI1. Apparently, Henri Daussi cuts are not the same as GIA as it is considered a “designer cut”…which I was a little confused about. The ring was beautiful, incredibly sparkly and just perfect. So, the price of the setting is $2000 and we found several diamonds on blue nile between $700- $900, cushion cut, color d-e, cut- very good, .5 carat. This would be MUCH more in our price range. I guess my question is, in your opinion, is a “very good” cut good enough? Do you think it will completely change the look of the ring if we go with a diamond from blue nile? All opinions appreciated!
This topic was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by citysparkle.
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
citysparkle: With the designer cut you’re paying a certain portion for the name alone, buying from a brick and mortar store also tends to drive prices up a bit over online retailers like Blue Nile. You should be able to get a very nice stone from Blue Nile and save yourself some money.
Post # 3
citysparkle: most people with beautiful rings don’t have designer cuts. Think about it, a company, no matter which, who wants to cut an ‘excellent’ diamond, will do so, but some companies put their name on it and claim their cuts are better than other companies, when in reality everyone wants to cut their diamonds the best. If that makes any sense lol. As PP said, it’s just a brand name. I definitely don’t have a branded diamond, but it’s perfect.
Get the diamond from. Bluenile I say.
Post # 4
Baybeejulia: Thanks for your input. I definitely don’t need a designer cut nor do I care where my ring or diamond comes from. I’m just very unfamiliar with cushion cuts in general and I read somewhere that all cushions are completely different so it scared me a little bit. I also don’t know the difference between an “ideal” and “very good” cut … I know “ideal” is a better cut, but I’m not sure I could tell the difference. I guess I’m just hoping the ring looks the same or similar.
Post # 5
citysparkle: I have a very good cut and this thing sparkles like crazy! I catches me off guard sometimes!!! I wouldn’t worry too much about that, especially since you are getting such a great colored diamond. I posted a link to how my very good cut sparkles, to calm your nerves 🙂
Like the above posters said, “designer” = more money. In this case it is more money without a GIA certification, which IMO is very important. While I hear that blue nile has awesome prices and is credible, I think it would be a good idea for you and your SO to check out smaller jewelry stores. Since all diamonds are different (as you said yourself), I think it’s better (and more romantic) to pick them out yourself in person. A jeweler will be able to show you multiple diamonds in your price range. There are so many factors that affect the look of a diamond, and you won’t get to see those differences if you purchase online. If nothing else, viewing some more stones in person before deciding what to order online is probably a good idea. You just might be able to get everything you want for a cheaper price!!! Good Luck!!
Here is my “Very Good” cut cushion halo…trust me your ring is going to be fabulous!!! http://instagram.com/p/kceuNAhKqR/
Post # 6
citysparkle: While Daussi rings are beautiful, you need to consider how he cuts his center stones before you purchase I had originally fallen in love with a Daussi but after speaking to the saleswoman at a local jewlery store that sold Daussi she talked me out of it. The reason Daussi’s diamonds look so big for their carat weight is because they are cut extremely shallow, which affect the light return and performance of the diamond… i.e. it won’t be as sparkly as a stone that has a better cut. My FI ended up basing my ring off the Daussi and paid much less for a better stone because we weren’t purchasing a “designer label.”
Post # 7
elw728: Either way, we’re not going to get the Daussi diamond. It’s out of our price range. I’m just hoping that I will still love the ring with a different diamond. I absolutely love the setting and I looked at a lot of shops, including smaller local ones and the Daussi setting just stood out for me. I was also reading about how he cuts his diamonds shallower so I’m hoping a 1/2 carat from blue nile will still look similar in size. I don’t want a huge center stone- the one I tried on in the store was perfect so I guess it’s just a toss up. Hopefully, I’ll love the blue nile diamond. 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
Just make sure that if you want a Daussi setting that they will set a non-Daussi diamond. You might need to go bigger in carat size from bluenile to create the same “face-up” sizing too.
Post # 9
citysparkle: +1 to FutureDrAtkins: Daussi stones often look 2x their carat size because of the cut. I wouldn’t count on a Blue Nile .5 carat stone to look anywhere near as big as the Daussi .5 carat stone but it will be beautiful nonetheless! I’ve been in jewelry stores where the jewelers have asked me if my setting was a Daussi, so you can definitely replicate the setting and love it all the same without the brand name.
Post # 10
Cushions are hard to purchase without seeing the diamond. Many cushion modified brilliant diamonds have the “crushed ice” appearance and without a photo it is hard to know what you will get if you order online. if you do a little research you can find some actual diamond photos with their plots shown next to them to get an idea of what the different plot patterns look like irl, so you can get the look you are going for whether it be the crushed ice, or a chunkier facet pattern. I did not know any of this when we ordered my cushion from Blue Nile, who doesn’t show you photos of their diamonds unless it is one of their signature ideal stones. At the time, they did not carry signature ideal cushions, now they do. I do highly recommend Blue Nile, or any other online vendor as opposed to desiner or B&M store to get the most for your money. We used Blue Niles upgrade program and returned my cushion for one of their signature ideal cushions, i would highly recommend a signature ideal stone if you decide to order from them, I don’t think you would be disappointed.