Please help! Need to know what I should look for in a heart shaped diamond.

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have a heart shaped diamond, and I chose a bezel setting to emphasize the shape (I agree with prongs sometimes not looking the best with heart diamonds, but it really depends). 

You really truly to see heart shaped diamonds in person to know if they’re nice looking or not – are you ordering online? There’s a tool on PriceScope where you can put in the dimensions of a fancy shaped stone and see a rough estimation of what the shape will look like.

As far as knowing what you want in a heart shaped diamond, that’s personal preference. You should do a little bit of research on LW ratio and what you like best (fat heart, skinny heart, etc.). It’s still essential to see it in person because the shape/cut could be unattractive even if it has a good LW ratio. As much as I love this cut, there are a lot of bad ones out there!

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Clairetoris:  Thank you! 

I don’t know, I was going to suggest a halo after I read bezels weren’t for you but you don’t care for those either. IMO prongs can still look nice, though, it just really depends on the diamond and the setting. If you’re set on a heart, don’t give up yet. If not, keep looking til you find the right shape/diamond for you – and have fun ring shopping :). 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Clairetoris:  I have a heart stone but like Starla I opted for a bezel (after trying prongs I realized they didn’t enhance the heart at all!). I learned that I like ‘chubby hearts’ by looking at the pictures on bluenile and making a list of the ratios I liked 🙂 good luck!!! I think the shape is unique and so pretty!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@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:

1) http://www.lumeradiamonds.com/diamond-education/heart-shaped-diamond

Shows u how diamonds of different ratios look like in reality.

2) http://www.pricescope.com/wiki/diamonds/heart-cut-diamond.

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” 🙂

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Clairetoris:  Here are a few more shots of my ering (far, closeup, from various angles and in different lighting) to give you a rough idea… Hope it helps.

 

 

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Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I am newly engaged!! Here is my 1.5ct heart shaped engagement ring to give you another idea! 🙂 

ning my ring together for over a year, but it was done in seperate pieces, so the final product was a complete and total surprise!! 

We picked out the setting together and the heart center diamond was hand picked just for me! They had to custom design the setting to add the halo and center diamond in and my fiance totally surprised me with adding the two heart diamonds on either side of the center!! (Total of 3 heart diamonds in my ring!)

My engagement ring is totally perfect and everything I’ve ever dreamed! I am obsessed with my ring..the picture does NOT do it justice! It sparkles like no tomorrow and I get A LOT of compliments on it 🙂 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@TrueLovers4Life:  Beautiful ring!  I’ve never seen a heart shaped halo before – very unique

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