Post # 1
So today my local jeweler called for me to look at a loose diamond. I wanted a SI2 graded stone in a one carat. What he had was a one carat that is an I1, G color and what was called a “1” cut which he said is near perfect cut? I have been looking at diamonds and using GIA proptions and specs to rule them in or out. He was giving me AGS specs though. He said he only uses AGS and GIA and like me perfers GIS grading. The stone was SO pretty. It did have feathers under the scope but it is eye clean and SO sparkly. He said that was because of the cut? I didn’t realize the cut was so very important to a diamond. My last diamond was not a great cut but better clarity and I loved it.
My question is: This diamond is $4,700 which is more than I wanted to spend on just the diamond. I do trust him though. He has been the local jeweler in town for a long time and it is a family business. What does everyone think? To me I was more concerned with my mounting. He had a mounting I like but not LOVE. I want a larger halo surround with more bling factor. And he did sort of run down mall jewelers semi mounts and that is what I fell in love with. Plus I LIKE that the “mall jewelers” I can buy that warranty.
Should I get this diamond? He says he has a list of people wanting a stone just like this. I tend to believe him. But Zales is pullling stones for me and that guy who I also think really knew his stuff(and he is leaving jewelry sales after 20 yrs. to persue another career) says he can find what I want around $3,000……
Post # 3
The cut is one of the most important aspects. Its what makes sure the diamond sparkles the best it can. I’m assuming it was an Ideal cut.
I personally wouldn’t get an I1 diamond. SI1 or SI2 is the absolute lowest i would go.
The price seems reasonable. BUt you’re only paying for the carat and cut there. I would rather have a ring that is good across the board that poor in clarity but good in cut.
Post # 4
BlueNile usually has close to wholesale prices – why not plug the specs in there and see what similar diamonds are going for?
Post # 5
I think this is a crap price for an average diamond. I wouldn’t touch I1/2… I wouldn’t even want a SI1/2, especially at the 1 carat size.
My stone (loose) is E, 1.1, VS1 and it came in at $6k. There are better diamonds to be had for your money.
Post # 7
I would never buy anything less than GIA rated to Excellent cut. I don’t know what the AGS equiv. is. Also, where the feathers are is important. Some impurities can later result in the diamond chipping?
I don’t think $4,700 is a good price for an I1 stone, tbh.
Post # 8
Definitely plug the specs into blue nile to compare like a pp said. It’s the best way to compare and see if the price seems reasonable. But to me it sounds okay.. although I am no expert. And yes cut is the most important feature!! We spent all the $ on cut and color and I have no regrets 🙂
Post # 9
Also, I think that is a high price for a diamond of such low clarity.
For $4,700 you can get a 1c, G color, SI1 or VS2 diamond depending on cut.
ETA: I would never buy a stone that wasn’t GIA rated. The other rating agencies are not as stringent on their ratings.
Post # 10
Blanche: If you don’t mind my asking, where did you get yours?
I really had my heart set on a nicer clarity stone though. But it IS eye clean. Flaws only seen under the microscope. But I know I can get a VS grade one carat from Costco that is GIA certified and just pop the diamond out of the mounting it comes in. And I’m pricing on Brian Gavin and I see I can get a GIA grade one carat with F color AND SI2 for that price…the cut grade is only “very good” though. I can get an G color with excellent cut for the price of this stone too and again the clarity grade is better.
The thing that scares me though is I have SEEN this diamond at my local jewelers and I haven’t seen these ones online. An SI2 could have a black carbon spot, right? That is why I’m tempted to get this one I’ve seen……
Post # 11
Don’t do it! That isn’t a good price for the diamond at all. Check out James Allen or White Flash.
ETA: Also, take a look at Good Old Gold and Brian Gavin Diamonds. You can call them and ask the in house experts to tell you whether or not it is eye clean. Usually, they won’t take anything in which is not. Blue Nile will not be able to tell you whether the diamond is eye clean or not since they are in warehouses and drop shipped when ordered.
Post # 12
@halolover: I personally wouldn’t buy any diamond I haven’t seen in person, but I do know people have had good luck with Blue Nile.
The diamond in my ring is from a local jeweler, The Diamond Cellar.
Post # 13
It seems high to me for this stone.
Post # 14
@halolover: I get what you mean. I have a diamond that was EGL cert. Which frankly, really doesn’t mean much to me since I’m not selling it. I saw it in person and under the scope and it was gorgeous, so we went for it. And it was priced right. So I don’t care about the cert. To me, it simply affects the price. And the local gemologist agreed that the report was spot on. So my point is that I would have a hard time buying any diamond site unseen, but some people don’t mind and end up getting a good deal. I think if the diamond you saw is eye clean and you are happy with it, that’s all that matters. Though that price does seem steep for an I clarity stone.
Post # 15
You can do better for that price, good luck!
Post # 16
@moderndaisy: Agreed. Put it into Blue Nile or another diamond website and you will have your answer.
I only remember off the top of my head….a 1 ct, VSI, Good cut, H(?) colour was around $5000 when i was looking.
So now that i think about it, DONT pay that price.