Si2 diamond rings

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you seen pictures of the diamond?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think mine is an SI2… no one can see my inclusions but me. It still drives me NUTS! I don’t care if no one sees them but me (probably cause I sit and stare at my ring) but it bothers ME. DH said we can get an upgrade center stone soon and I am going to get the best quality we can afford. 

Here is a picture. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have an SI2 and you can see the flaws. They don’t bother me, because mine are mostly white, no carbon spots. Depends on the flaws and the cut level of the diamond. Mine is an ideal cut, which makes a huge difference in how the stone looks. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Letsy29:  My diamond is a 1.05 ct round brilliant, ideal cut, D color, excellent polish and symmetry, and SI2 clarity. I know where the inclusions are but they are not easily visible. I have one that rests on the far side of the diamond, just beyond the table that can be seen if I squint, close one eye, and focus on the side of one of my prongs. The other one is at the bottom of the diamond and does not affect light reflection. 

Here are a few photos: 

This photo was taken after a really good cleaning.

 

I don’t think you can see any of the inclusions. My diamond is eye-clean.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wouldn’t buy an SI2-graded diamond without at least seeing a picture of it. Some SI2’s are great, some have a giant visible black crystal. It’s a crapshoot. Blue Nile has a great return policy, but I’d want to get it right the first time if it was me. What does the inclusion plot look like for the diamond you’re looking at? What types of inclusions does it have?

Have you looked at James Allen? They have pictures and videos of all their diamonds.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it just depends on where they are. If they are close to the surface, perhaps you will see them. Mine are off center and not in plain view.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also, what is the cut grade and the grading lab?

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Just to let you know, “eye clean” is not an official term. It does not guarantee that you won’t see inclusions readily (even though that’s how it sounds), and you won’t have recourse to say it isn’t as promised, since “eye clean” does not have an official meaning or comparison, but is marketing speak. On the other hand, SI2 indicates enough inclusions to either draw the eye (e.g. carbons) and/or compromise lightplay (e.g. clouds). The latter would be what salespeople will advertise as “eye clean,” but will affect performance significantly more than the “non eye clean” alternative at the same grade – something to be aware of.

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