Post # 1
Future husband wants to upgrade my center stone before the wedding because he is no longer in school. I’m nervous that he is looking at rings above our budget. If I want a RB, H&A, D-G color 1.4-1.5 carat diamond, about how much would that be?
Post # 3
Check Blue Nile or James Allen for price ranges. You won’t get a ‘H&A’ but it’ll give you a good idea of the ballpark.
Post # 4
@sundaystyles: Just a ballpark guess here, but … around $12,000?
Post # 5
@sundaystyles: triple excellence, F color, vvs2 and above is around $26,000_$30,000. And no fluorescent
Post # 6
1.5 ct and above, def above 20k!
Post # 7
I have a vvs2 G color cushion, no fluorescence, excellent cut 1.65 ct and it was around 19k
Post # 8
With your parameters, there are two diamonds that pop up in the Pricescope search — both about $22,000.
If you take off the H+A criteria and just go for AGS0 or GIA XXX, the price drops there’s a 1.4 carat G SI1 from B2C Jewels, GIA XXX with an HCA score of 1.1 for $7700. Of the vendors I would prefer to work with (ones that provide pictures), the cheapest is a 1.41 G SI2 GIA XXX, HCA score 1.7 for $9500. It has some pretty serious inclusions though. The next prettiest one from a trusted vendor with an HCA score under two would be a 1.5 E VS2 GIA XXX HCA score 1.0 for $20,000.
Post # 9
It really is quite a large price range. You need to factor clarity in there as well.
For example, on Blue Nile:
-1.4 carat ideal cut, SI1, G color: $10,970 is the least expensive they offer
-1.5 carat ideal cut, D color, SI1 clarity: start at $12,054 but most of them are in the $15,000+ price range.
If you go up in clarity obviously you’ll be paying more. I’d go somewhere in between, like F color, 1.5 carat, VS1 clarity starts at about $16,000.
SI1 is ok if you know what the flaws look like. I personally wouldn’t want a diamond with a big black spot in it, but depending on the flaws it can still be super sparkly and nice… you just have to understand what you’re buying.
Post # 10
Consider going up in clarity and down on color if you are not to color sensitive …James Allen offers a lot of j color that are GIA and probably show less color than you expect particularly if you have a yellow gold setting and RB face up whiter than most. JA has a ton in the si ideal 1.5 range for 9-10k . Best part is you get a 360 view to make sure the inclusions are acceptable. Some si stones are horrible some are darn good and a gia si stone will far exceed the igi stuff you see in most stores. Prices on JA are similar to blue Nile and 25-50% less than most chains. If you ask for the pricescope discount you’ll usually get 100-300 off in the 10k price range.
Post # 11
Had a look on James Allen for you.
Their True Hearts cut diamonds are all H&A.
Cheapest you can buy is a round 1.51 carat J VS1 for $12,940 (http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.51-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-178770). Very pretty!
You’re looking at $22,100 for a round 1.50 carat F VS1 (http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.50-carat-f-color-vs1-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-73572). Also pretty!
I’d definitely go down in colour for that price saving.
It’s worth looking into Brian Gavin Blue diamonds, as they offer good value for money. You can get an AGS ideal cut H colour 1.5 carat for $16,160. The blue fluorescence will make it appear whiter, anyway. If you really want to get a D-G, you’re looking at $16,299 for a SI1, $18,598 for a VS2, and $20,150 for a VS1. Not sure if they are H&A but BGD would definitely be able to help you work out that.
Post # 12
Mine is a 1.4 round, G, VS2, excellent cut, no fluorescence from Blue Nile. It was around $11,000.
Post # 13
Go to a private jeweler! Seriously. All of these retail places are a huge markup. My ring specs were around $15,000-20,000 MORE retail than from a private jeweler. I don’t know where you live, but I got mine from a reputable family jeweler in the diamond district in NYC who all of my friends have now used (and who redid the setting on my mom’s ring too). It is definitely hard to navigate in there, but there are other private jewelers who can do the same thing pricewise.
Post # 14
@cmbr: +1 D-G color will make the stone more expensive
Post # 15
@chippybee: I believe we will be We purchased the original .9 center stone from a family jeweler and I think we will do the same for the next one.
Thanks for you input, everyone. I will spend some more time on Blue Nile and James Allen just to see what is out there. Many of you suggested going down on color but I am quite color sensitive to H and below. It may be my skin tone but I really notice the warmth. 🙁
Post # 16
Designer 1.5 carats start at $20k