Post # 1
I am still on the hunt for what I want for my e-ring… SO and I discussed a budget and I now need to figure out what I want. At first I tried to think of what style I like best and I conclued that since money is not illimited I would prefer to go with a solitaire. The money would be spent in the stone rather than in the setting, which can be ugraded/modified eventually or pimped with stacking bands.
I asked in a previous post about diamond shapes. I am still veryyyyy torn between round, oval and pear. I think round is timeless and super sparkly, oval are classy yet sparkly too and pear are unusual and have more finger coverage.
Regarding specs though, I was wondering of any of you had some advice on which stone specs (4 c’s) are the best value for money, especially carat size. For instance, the more I look at carat sizes I think that (with my eyes) I don’t see that much of a difference between .75 and 1 ct (I am aiming for a .75 ct).
As for the other C’s, I was thinking about the best cut we can afford (very good or ideal), VS2 or SI1 for clarity (since I won’t be getting a big stone anyway) and H to J color (I am not color sensitive and I like warm hues). As long as it sparkles alot and is eye clean!
Post # 2
Going below major “mile markers” such as 1ct will get you best bang for carat. If you don’t see much difference between them then go for 0.75-0.8ish.
Color and clarity you are pretty spot on as far as getting the best value. Unless you are extremely color sensitive (which you already said you aren’t) then going down to J is still near colorless. VS2 is good and as long as you can confirm that SI1 is eye clean enough to you then I would say that is perfectly fine.
Cut is the absolute most important C so you should *never* compromise on it!! Rounds are pretty standard, you can run the different numbers on it through the HCA to determine whether the cut is good based on the angles and percentages. For pears and ovals, those are fancy shapes that are best evaluated based on the *actual* image of the stone as they can sometimes exhibit bow ties (dark areas across the middle of the stone) but you can find ones that have minimal darkening. However, pears and ovals can face up bigger for their carat weight than a round of the same weight. So that’s something else to keep in mind.
Post # 3
Stay right under or slightly over exact carat weights like .98 carat or 1.02 carat for some reason their is a price jump for exact carat weights. Also an si1 is typically eye clean as for color between an H-J..BUT CUT IS EVERYTHING! Id never go below a very good cut!
Post # 4
I would say go look at loose stones, you may fall in love with a J/SI2 and save money – or you may realize you’re more sensitive to clarity/color than you thought and you can adjust your hunt. I also agree that cut makes a big difference, and if you’re set on getting a certified diamond think about a EGL instead of a GIA – they have slightly looser standards but they are still certified if you need/want that for insurance purposes. And out of the 3 oval will give the most hand coverage, I’m not sure that I’ve heard pears facing up bigger, I think they tend to have some shrinkage. Good luck!
For reference here’s my EGL oval. .72ct, E, excellent cut, SI3. It always looks bright white to me and I can’t see any kind of inclusions so the SI3 doesn’t bother me at all. Keep in mind an EGL E would be more like and GIA G/H – I think the general rule is EGL is about 2-3 grades higher than GIA would grade.