So I’m shopping for an engagement ring and I am being offered an AMAZING deal online for a 2.50 ct diamond, the only thing is that the cut is only “good”. I am very worried about this since it’s an online purchase and I can’t see it in person. I have read that the cut is the most important thing and it’s what gives it the sparkle.
Does anyone own a good cut diamond or have you seen one? What is your experience? Are you happy with it or regret it? If you have any pictures I would love to see them.
Definitely sacrifice size for cut. An excellent cut diamond will shine and sparkle so much more and appear larger than a good cut diamond. You are being offered an amazing deal because its a less than ideal diamond. 2.5 carats is VERY large. I would go with a 1-2 carat with an excellent cut and you will likely be much happier with that purchase.
What is there return policy? I have a good cut diamond and it honestly sparkles like mad. It sparkles in near darkness, it’s always throwing off sparks. I don’t regret my choice at all and I love it. I was able to see mine in person though, but I would consider it if they had a good return policy.
I would NOT order if there wasn’t a good return policy. Generally speaking, a “good cut” isn’t good at all. Go with an excellent cut (GIA) or ideal cut (AGS), and if it is a round stone, check the angles through the HCA. It is well worth it. When DH and I were looking at diamonds, we saw many stones with a larger carat weight than the one we bought (GIA excellent and under 2 HCA score) that actually measured smaller in diameter. What’s the point of paying for the carat weight if it is all in the bottom of the stone and preventing it from reflecting light properly?
Cut quality is one of the most important aspects of a diamond. Pretty much every reputable jeweler will say the same thing. I remember when I first started shopping and learning about diamonds, I was shown ‘good’ and ‘very good’ cut diamonds (mostly graded by GIA, but some from not as reputable labs), and I thought they sparkled nicely. But only when I really started to learn and was shown GIA Excellent and AGS Ideal cut stones, I was blown away. The difference was night and day. Also, ‘good’ cut diamonds are much less forgiving with showing color and clarity.
I know it’s easy to get caught up in getting a great deal (I’m definitely guilty of that), but that diamond is priced that way for a reason. Try watching this video, it compares diamonds of different GIA cut grades in different lighting. The differences in real life are even more striking
Let me show you the difference cut makes. I learned this the hard way. The first picture is if my first stone, an EGL Very Good. The second is of my current stone, a GIA triple Excellent. you can see the difference in pics but it is even more dramatic in real life. an ideal cut makes the stone look so much bigger and brighter.
You’re getting good advice. The beauty of a diamond lies in how it handles light. Even GIA excellent cut is too broad a category, some of them will have light performance issues. A GIA very good cut is not that great. A good cut…don’t even go there. The larger your diamond is the more obvious are its flaws. Go smaller, excellent cut or AGS000 (those are usually branded signature diamonds). I guarantee you won’t regret it.
I think you should buy a diamond based on how you think it looks. If you like it, then buy it. Nobody else will care about the stats of your diamond (unless they’re jewelry obsessed).
My original ering is a good cut Leo from the mall – gasp! It sparkles and has plenty of fire. I get random compliments on it all the time. Before I got my cushion I had a branded ideal round (GIA cert) and it was beautiful, but my Leo was equally as beautiful.
Something else to keep in mind is that all ideal cut diamonds look the same. Yes, they’re sparkly, shiney, and beautiful, but they don’t have “personality” for lack of a better term.
I’m not trying to convince you to not buy an ideal cut diamond, just pointing out that ideals are not the end all be all of diamonds.