Post # 1
Yep, it’s me again. I’m still loving my current oval and cannot find another that has outshined it…yet. I have to mail it back by Thursday (at the latest) next week. I’m considering ordering another oval. AHHHH!!! I found a D SI1 (crystal on face), no fluro, 1.08. It’s a 1:37 ratio, not bad, but my favorite is 1:5. It’s 7.52*5.50*3.71.
If I keep the G IF .94, I’m pretty sure she’s bound for a halo. I’ve found one I really love. It’s .33 carat with tiny melee around the front and side profile.
Here’s the deal. The 1.08 FACES up about .10 mm smaller than the .94 at 7.95*5.17*3.10 However, it’s colorless, BUT it does have the crystal on the table, and the .94 has absolutely no inclusions. Most of the weight of the 1.08 is in the depth.
This is the halo (round version). It will be ordered in a 8×6 (so some minor gapping), but they will set it as low as possible:
profile view of the melee around the side instead of plain metal:
Now, to decide if I stick with what I have or go with the higher weight, colorless, but sacrifice the clarity and wear it as a solitaire.
Here is a link to the D SI1 oval, if you want to take a look. I don’t see a bowtie, but I would have to see it in person to know for sure. I haven’t ordered it yet:
Post # 3
@Heidibrooke: I would keep the diamond you have. If I understand correctly- if you mail it back by Thursday, and you don’t have the new one yet for comparison, you’ve lost one you know that you love. You aren’t even going to think twice about this when you are past that return period.
Take you current, loved oval, put it in a halo, knowing you can always make a solitare down the road. Then stare at your hand and enjoy– and stop diamond shopping LOL
Post # 4
@MrsEME: I can get the D SI1 by Tuesday, and then have to decide by Wednesday, and take my current one to Jared to have unmounted and mailed back by Thursday, lol.
I really do love colorless diamonds but I admittedly like flawless ones too, lol. I just don’t know which I like most. However, the D does have .16 carat on the G.
I will be glad when this saga is behind me. It has not been a pleasant experience for me, lol.
Thanks so much for replying!! What would I do without the bees?!
Post # 5
@blondemissmolly…paging you, I’d love to get your opinion!! 🙂
Post # 6
@Heidibrooke: KEEP YOUR G, IF!!!! I have followed your story since you lost the princess cut, and I adore your oval!!! It looks WAY BIGGER than a .94. I have a G color cushion cut, most of my friends’ diamonds are G color..I think it’s the best of both worlds. The IF cannot compare to an Si1, not a chance. I prefer your setting as is, but the halo would be beautiful too..and you can always un-do it. My mom has an oval, and it can’t compare to yours. I’ve never seen an oval with as much fire and brilliance,PLEASE don’t send it back!!! 🙁
Post # 7
Your oval is simply beautiful! The new oval doesn’t have measurements that would make it especially larger, so what’s the point. If you love the l-w ratio of your current oval, then stick to it! It sparkles and is so lovely, why switch it out for another that has weight in its depth?
Post # 8
It doesn’t matter how much it weighs, just how big it faces up. If the bigger one is 0.14 carats bigger but faces up smaller, is there a chance that it is either too deep or the smaller diamond is too shallow? I’d keep the one you have now. Are you having the halo done at Jared’s?
Post # 9
I would only go with the larger oval if it faced up larger – if not, what’s the point of a higher carat weight? I’m not a fan of D diamonds anyway – at least not the extra cost to have a D diamond.
Since you seem to be concerned with size, I would get the halo for your current diamond. I love halos on ovals – I don’t like them for any other shape (even round), but it just looks “right” on an oval.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I would keep the IF. I think that since you basically have to have a custom setting made, you should start looking into more intricate, personalized settings. Maybe that’s why you haven’t truly fallen in love with your stone yet? The right setting really helps a stone stand out, IMO.
The halo that you have chosen is pretty standard. I would change the head of the setting so that it isn’t a classic 4 or 6 prong. Add some detailing to the undergallery maybe? A surprise stone? Engraved band?
The head/undergallery of my custom ring looks like this (and it’s a halo):
^CADS from designer (Schubach’s)
^Actual undergallery, a snapshot from a video made by designer before shipping the ring
ETA: I just read that there will be a minor gap in the halo with the head you are choosing. I would advise against the gap.. it can appear as if there’s a black shadow in your ring. My old ring did this and I wasn’t a fan at all… it looked like this:
Comparing that to the new ring with no gap:
Sorry the post is so long! I just think that you are investing so much time in a quest to find a perfect stone that it needs to be showcased by the perfect setting!
Post # 11
Keep your current diamond and put it in a halo! I think ovals look absolutely beautiful in halos and the extra sparkle will help disguise the fact that it’s a G, not a D since that sppears to be important to you. I would take a G over a D any day though, it’s cheaper and still looks perfectly white from the top down 🙂 Especially your current oval, that thing is stunning!
Post # 12
@Heidibrooke: the D has .16 carats more- BUT it faces up smaller, right?? Well for sake of a girly conversation…..as long as the cut is spectacular, I’d much rather have a less carat weight stone with a larger face, wouldn’t you?
It’s more sparkle- otherwise, the only you (and anyone who choses to ask) will know the D is .16 carats larger. I’d for sure keep the one with the larger face, rather than the one that specs say is bigger- and this is coming from a girl who likes and chose a smaller diamond for herself.
Uness your current diamond is cut too shallow (which is certain’t doesn’t seem like it is)- you have more face space, with an awesome cut…which means mega sparkle.
One upside to the deeper cut I suppose– although I am not educated in ovals so much, my RB, which has a slightly deeper cut is fiery, fiery, fiery. In a totally awesome way.
But since you like bigger diamonds, I’d still totally stick with the current- its face is larger. I mean, wha are you going to do when you want to show your ring off? Turn it upside down and say “Now look at that beauty!!”? LOL 🙂
Post # 13
@MrsEME: You made me lol with the comment about turning my ring upside down to show it off…bahahaha, great point! :). Thanks for your reply!!
Post # 14
@MsMeow: I’m not too concerned with the G. It looks so white, unless right beside a D. Size was more factor, but I guess .16 really won’t make an impact..lol. Thanks for your reply!! 🙂 🙂
Post # 15
@FutureDrAtkins: Wow, thanks SO much for the great advice and pics! I truly love your flush halo, what a difference! 🙂
Post # 16
@melisande: I agree, I think ovals and halos go together like PB&J, lol. The D faces up only .10 smaller. I thought it might look a little bit bulkier with the depth, but honestly, it’s just not going to work out that way…I think the bees saved me another return. 😉