Post # 1
Let’s say you lost your 1.21 princess cut and wanted to replace it with a 1 ct that faced up as large as the ring you lost, but couldn’t afford the full ct weight as before. My lost stone was 6.06 x 5.45 x 4.17, so both of these lighter stones face up larger. Would you choose:
A) 1.01 round brilliant
SI 1 (eye clean)
6.30 x 6.25 x 4.07
B) 0.94 oval brilliant
IF (internally flawless)
7.95 x 5.17 x 3.10
no cut grade per fancy shape
Post # 3
I’m not all that familiar with the “specifics” or what all the abbreviations mean. I would go for the diamond you feel a connection to. The one you keep looking back at. The one that makes your heart smile. Hope that helps.
Post # 4
I personally think you should go for something with an excellent or ideal cut.
Post # 5
@Heidibrooke: I would have to see the diamonds in question to pick. But OMG!, you lost your diamond? How sad. Hope you’re equally as happy with whichever you pick to replace it.
Post # 6
@jadlnc: thank you! I’m not gonna lie…I’ve cried for a few days! 🙁
Post # 7
@Heidibrooke: Seriously. I almost want to cry with you. I know it sucks and you just hope maybe it’ll turn up somewhere unexpected. Pooey.
Post # 8
I voted other. I would go for the first one if it was ideal cut, but I wouldn’t personally want to go below excellent/ideal. As for the oval, that could be great, but ovals are impossible to buy based on stats only. Some have a bowtie, some don’t. Also, the length/width ratio is quite large and I prefer a more balanced or even chubby oval.
Sorry you lost your diamond! No insurance?
Post # 9
Oh, def. the IF diamond, hands down. It’s amazing you can get an IF diamond that’s anywhere near the price of the other you have listed. Personally, I’d take a .5 carat IF over a 1 carat SI in a hot second.
Besides, IF diamonds have much better value (and investment quality) than an SI stone – if you want a practical reason. Also, the huge jewelery stores use SI clarity diamonds as the standard clarity in so many e-rings, that they becoming ubiquitous in the market, whereas IF diamonds are uncommon. Clarity is one of the first things jewelers check for – 1 carat plus diamonds are not rare, colorless diamonds are not rare, but 1 carat, colorless, diamonds with internally flawless clarity are rare.
My great uncle worked for 40 years as a jeweler in NYC, with regular trips to the idiamond district, and he def. had a big influence on my perception and thinking about diamonds and jewelry in general – so my opinion on diamonds may be outside the norm and certainly isn’t as romantic as most.
My diamond has VVS clarity, but I would LOVE to have an IF diamond one day.
Post # 10
@BlondeMissMolly: Thanks for the advice. I am going to search for a better cut round. I’m shopping at James Allen, so I can see images. I have the oval on hold, or else I’d show the image. It’s stunning in the pic. It has virtually no bowtie. I couldn’t even consider it, if it did. That’s a big turnoff for me. I didn’t have a personal property rider yet (just switched insurance companies after 12 years). However, we did have a deluxe plan, which is covering $5000. It won’t replace what I lost, but I can at least try to replace the ering, with adding about a thousand, hopefully. I’m very picky with diamonds. We went to Jared, Zales, and Rogers yesterday, just to browse. I have no intentions of paying retail, but I wanted to get ideas. We were shown so many diamonds, and I tried to be polite, but there is no way I’m giving them thousands of dollars for an obvious included diamond. I’m going to order a round and oval from JA, and inspect them closely. Then, go fom there. Thanks again!
Post # 11
@MirnaMinkoff: the images of the IF oval are stunning! I’m super picky on ovals not having a bowtie. I’m ordering it today, along with a round for comparison. My only drawback on this oval is its ct weight. It’s very close to 1 though. I will be coming back to the bees with photos for help. 😉 Thanks so much for your help!
Post # 12
@Heidibrooke: good luck! I would love to see them when you get them 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@Heidibrooke: You’re going to pay out of the butt for the IF grade, when it really doesn’t matter all that much, since you can go much lower and still not see any flaws. However, I wouldn’t spend much on an SI1 diamond, so if I were you, I’d keep looking.
Post # 14
id do the circle. i dont know why, but oval remind me of old ladies, haha ( sorry ! )
Post # 15
@Heidibrooke: Did you just loose the diamond (like did it fall out?) or did you loose the entire ring (setting too)? That’s horrible! Personally, I would go for the round. Very good cut is still very good and it has an excellant color grading.
Post # 16
The OVAL – internally flawless – that is a great jewel!