@Clairetoris: Hi dear…it’s really nice to know u are considering a heart-shaped diamond!! I’m a fan of heart-shaped diamonds too and have gotten one for my own engagement ring. I happened to have purchased mine online too and it is set with prongs. Hope that this helps you to make a comparison and decision on your own choice. I don’t think mine looks like a misshapened round cut diamond and have gotten compliments on how different it looks from a usual round in fact. (not common in my country. I hope my photo below shows it well … but I understand it boils down to personal preference and you may find the heart shape not defined enough for your taste. I think the heart shape becomes quite apparent as long as it is at least 0.5 carats. (because I had a 0.5 carat one before this and it looked fine)
You are also right to say that online purchases don’t feel as secure, especially for a fancy cut diamond, which requires face-to-face viewing to ensure desirable proportions. However, FI and I did do a lot of research – we asked for actual photos of the loose diamond before purchasing and finally went ahead with a leap of faith, and thankfully it all turned out well. It was also a whole lot cheaper than it would have cost at regular brick and mortar shops.
FI and I found these resources very useful during our purchase:
Shows u how diamonds of different ratios look like in reality.
Tells you the exact % for length, depth and width of each part of the diamond. It gets a little technical but I find it rewarding to make sure that what I’m purchasing falls under the category of good cuts – we know cut is king and it is very critical for the diamond to sparkle. It really helps when there are waaaaay too many rocks that you have shortlisted.
Anyway, the ideal ratio is supposedly 0.9 but I ended up with a 0.85 ratio diamond. Like Wrkbrk, I preferred a slightly “chubby” diamond too. Personally, I feel that the 0.05 difference in ratio didn’t look very much different in reality. I believe the size of the stone matters too… the bigger the stone, the more it emphasizes how it is “out of proporation” with the “ideal 0.9 ratio”. Hope this makes sense! Don’t really know how to phrase it otherwise. My ering is a humble 0.75 carats, so perhaps that was why I could get away with less-than-ideal proportions. But fatter hearts are my kind of “ideal” anyway so I’m one happy camper.
Finally, if you’d like to see more heart-shaped engagement rings, see them here in all their sparkling glory! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/post-your-heart-shaped-engagement-rings#axzz2ivqXQZ00
All the best with your shopping!!! Would love to hear from you on your final choice one day! Show us pics then as well!! Anyway, us bees with heart-shaped erings will be happy to know if we eventually adopt you as a “ring sister” 🙂