(Closed) Need some help from my wonderful Bee women! I’m ignorant to the facts– EXPLAIN

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I doubt you need to ever go into THAT MUCH detail about any piece of jewelry. If there are any glaring issues with it that you really need to be concerned about, you will be able to tell instantly by just looking at it.

The thing with jewelry is that it does give you instant gratification. You don’t have to do so much mathematics and physics for your stone. If you follow the basic 4Cs to a reasonble extent, you will be guaranteed to have a ring/stone that you will love for it’s lifetme.

Post # 4
1621 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes there are a lot more to the 4 C’s. We learned a lot during the process because I wanted a really good quality diamond but I’m also a deal shopper 😉

I have an emerald cut 1.02 carat H color diamond with H color trapezoid sides that total .33 carats. It is GIA certified and laser inscribed serial #. It came from Diamond Source of Virginia, they have a website too. Great customer service, great prices and very knowledgable.

Ok, I’m done tooting there horn, now to give you some tips. The table & depth is very important, it will decide how big your diamond looks and how it sparkles (the cut does this too of course). Each cut has its own ideal. The depth will determine how the light enters the diamond and how it will reflect and come up thru the top. The table is how much og the diamond you see. Each cut has its “ideal” range for depth and table so that you can get the biggest, most sparkly diamond for your money. I know that my table is 69% which is in the ideal range so that I get the biggest looking diamond for the carat weight. Also many cuts have smaller tables b/c they carry their weight on the bottom instaed of the top, I know princess cut ones are like this. So many times my 1 carat emerald looks a lot bigger than a 1 carat princess, same as a 1 carat round cut looks bigger than my emerald.

Also girdle is iportant b/c this is the part of the diamond that is most likley to chip, especially when its set in a higher setting that can get banged around easily. I know for an emerald cut medium to slightly thick is good. If the girlde is really thin its more vulnerable.

Also, just remember if you get side stones or accent diamonds make them match the color of the center diamond. My diamond looks VERY white and was graded by GIA as H which is actually on the lower end of the scale. I do notice that if you put a f color diamond directly next to it it looks not as white. So you can really only since the difference when you compare up close. H & I are considered near colorless diamonds but tend to be less expensive so you can use the money saved for bigger stone 😉

Hope that helps a little. If you go on Diamond Source of Virginia website they give a TON of info. Also, so do the people on pricescope.

Post # 7
14344 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont think you need to go into THAT much depth with all those %’s.  It’s acutally kind of already covered by one of the 4C’s – Cut.  The cut rating has certain tolernaces already for those percentages that make it Good vs Excellent vs poor etc.

Post # 8
363 posts
Helper bee

@pinkshoes: Yep, true.  That’s my understanding as well. The cut takes into consideration those % OP is talking about.

Post # 9
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

You should know that cut is not the same as shape.  There are some shapes that are called a cut, specifically an emerald cut, but that is to distinguish it from the gem stone Emerald. 

Here’s a diagram that will help you understand how light is reflected based on how deep or shallow a stone is cut.

You can do searches on the internet to find out what is recommended for the particular shape you’re interested in… 

But really, you don’t need to. Everyone says diamonds are investments, but the truth is an investment is something you plan to make money on and you rarely get your investment back in a diamond. They’re hard to sell, and even if you trade them in, you usually have to trade them in for another diamond… So find I stone that you think is beautiful, that sparkles when you move it in the light, and that makes you smile every time you look–that is what you’re really investing in.

Post # 13
304 posts
Helper bee

type it into google. you’ll learn everything

Post # 14
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Vegan: Yes. Please read up on pricescope, OP. All this extra info may seem unnecessary to some, but really, you need to know what you’re paying for, when you’re paying thousands of dollars for something. So don’t feel like you’re being overly picky or weird about it.

Post # 16
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

while I was researching I was pretty much watching these videos nonstop from this guy. (Just so happened he earned my business and I purchased from his store, but his videos are really informative and the customer service was wonderful)


You had the same concerns as me. My fiance is so sweet that I didn’t want him getting ripped off. So we went at the task together to find something we both would be happy with at a price that was the best we could find within budget. We ended up loving our ring and it really was fun regardless of the disagreements over the stone in the beginning. He wouldn’t settle for anything less than perfect while i was ready to throw in the towel! 

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