Post # 1
The situation: I want a round 1.5 carats, D-F (maybe G), eye clean, preferably ideal cut diamond to set as solitaire RHR.
The problem: SO has decided that the budget is $5,000. He does not think I can find what I want for that price and will therefore not buy one.
He is wrong.
Or at least, I want him to be wrong.
Other information: I am happy with second hand diamonds and would like the diamond to be GIA/AGS certified, though IGI and EGL-USA could be acceptable depending on the individual diamond.
So far I have looked at bluenile, diamondbistro, ebay USA, ebay AUS and gumtreeaustralia.
Do any Bee’s have any bright ideas, websites to look at, are selling what I’m looking for or know of anyone who is?
Post # 3
I got my ring from B2C jewels. They were really helpful and they seem to have some of the best priced diamonds online.
Post # 4
I think you are going to have to compromise on at least one of your requirements.
I found a 1.51. ct diamond, secondhand, E colour, Si3 for $4900. But Si3 probably is not eye clean and it is EGL, not GIA. And that is the best I’ve found *second hand*. Maybe decide which of those is least important and drop it down a little.
And as I’m sure you’re aware, diamonds of that size are plenty more than $5k on bluenile, without even looking at the specs. Would you be open to an amora gem or something?
(Just in case: http://www.idonowidont.com/looseDiamonds/151ct-round-loose-diamond-new-new-new)
Post # 5
Lol no way you’ll find a stone that size with those specs for 5k your gonna have to drop the size down or clarity cut and color.
Post # 6
In a quirk search, best I could find was this.
However there’s so little information about it, I’d be suspect if they didn’t have any more information, pictures or help to provide after contacting them.
You’ll most likely have to be a bit more flexible on what you’re looking for or be prepared to spend a long time looking. You could eventually turn something up resale/secondhand, but it might take a while and a lot of it be based on sheer chasance/luck/timing.
Post # 7
@sarahfw: Thanks, I’ll have a look there.
@outofideas: Yeah, I’d say SI3 isn’t eye clean, thanks for the link though. I will have to Google ‘Amora Gem’ as I’ve never heard of those.
My SO suggested a clarity enhanced stone (apparently he found one online for around $1,500) but I’m not sure about the durability, the quality of the ‘four C’s’ and I kind of feel like it’s cheating.
@MissSweetiepie: If it is going to be impossible to find a stone that size, with the specs I want etc. I’ll either get a smaller stone, or throw in some of my fun money and get it from bluenile.
Post # 8
@Mischka: Not surprising, as we don’t have them here in Aus. You’d have to buy online:)
They are basically moissanite but made to look more diamond like. I hope I don’t get flamed for that, but it is true- they have been cut ‘hearts and arrows’ style and have essentially been made specifically to have more diamond like properties than regular moissy. Be sure to youtube it- it is absolutely beautiful (imo).
Post # 9
@southsun: Thanks for the link – I’ll email them and see if I can get photos/the certificate, or if they’re willing to have it certified if it isn’t already.
@outofideas: See, I’ve thought about getting moissanite, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’ll definitely have a look though, thanks.
Post # 10
@Mischka: Yeah. I have looked into it as an option myself but moissy didn’t do it for me, personally. However, the amora gem is much nicer, just IMHO. It is def worth youtubing… soo sparkly! And you can see the arrows 😀
Post # 11
@Mischka: Sweetie, I’m sorry but it will be difficult to even get a quality 1ct RB for 5k. If the size is that important to you you may be better off with a simulant or pre-loved stone. Anything over 1ct at the 5k mark is not going to be cut well – would you rather have an huge rock that looks like frozen spit or a more humble sized diamond that knocks you out of the park with its brilliance? I don’t recommend buying an EGL diamond, at least not blind, because their grading system is known to be extremely unreliable and you’re going to get a much lower quality stone than the papers say. My best advice is to head over to the rockytalk forum on pricescope.com, they will truly help you find the best diamond for your budget just because they all LOVE diamonds and don’t want people to get ripped off. Good luck!
Post # 12
@Mischka: I have basically this diamond and it was about double what your budget is.
Post # 13
I’m one of those pricescope girls lol. you may get close given that you are fine with a “used” stone. I think you can get close but this is how….
be get more focused on a Millimeter size then a weight you like, and be open to having a non graded stone. I have found amazing deals at pawn and estate stores. Go shopping and find one you love for the stone as is with out knowing the specs. Look through a loop and hold it to a white biz card, have them clean it and look at it in different light.
Youll end up with a 1.25-1.4 g/h si1/2 very good cut for around $5000. But no it won’t have the papers and you’ll have to do a lot of learning and running around. New diamonds are so marked up its almost a crime lol. you’ll never get want you want on paper for your price but you can get VERY close in look (that you can letter have graded if you want).
I got got a diamond that was EGL graded in 1999 around 6 moths ago. It’s been around and loved and I got it cheep because I took my time and knew how I wanted it to look wit hour careing about what the paper said. It’s apprised at 5x what I paied
Post # 14
@Mischka: Since this seems unrealistic, what about getting a Moissy? More bang (and bling) for your buck!
Post # 14
My diamond is a certified .71, brilliant round, I color, SI3 clarity and it is absolutely beautiful. It’s in a setting of a 24 stone halo (4 of the stones are larger) and 2 more diamonds on each side. 14k white gold as well. The ring appraised for about 8.5k but he payed under 4k for it.
Our town prints out a bridal book in the newspaper every spring and the local stores all have ads and coupons in it, the local jeweler had one for 40% off one piece of women’s diamond jewelry with no expiration date so I cut it out and saved it for about 11 months until he was ready to seriously shop. Not to mention we are friends of the store owner and loyal customers so they gave us an extra discount on the diamond (which originally was 6k alone). I’m incredibly happy with our decision! 🙂
All in all, we got the most incredible unique ring of my dreams, and at a price that made him happy! Everyone who sees my ring thinks it’s 1-1.5 carats because of the sparkle of it. I think anything is possible when you’re patient and know what you want.