"Bad" HCA score?

posted 1 month ago in Rings
Post # 2
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3089 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

The way I see it, if you love it and had never plugged the specs into the HCA calculator, would you still be questioning it? You’re the one that has to look at it every day. If you chose it over the other one, there’s a reason so I say stick with it. You can drive yourself insane with diamond FOMO, which is proven multiple times daily over on PriceScope! They’re on a whole other level over there. 😂

Post # 4
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3089 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

sixmillionmiles :  I really think I’d feel exactly the same if I were in your shoes. It’s so easy to get carried away with HCA scores and the specs and thinking it’s not “good enough” especially when the folks over on PS are upgrading from a 2.5 to a 4 carat diamond on a regular basis, YKWIM? 

Bottom line: Comprison is the thief of joy. 

Also, we need pics! 😂

Post # 5
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6599 posts
Bee Keeper

It’s likely your diamond is NOT a dud. Pricescope generally is of the opinion – if you’re spending money (normally BIG money), buy the very best quality you can afford. Within the 4 C’s there is a sliding scale of what youre willing to give up and what you really want. Many pricescopers would rather a smaller but perfectly cut diamond, becasue it will blow your socks off across the room, and the mm size is usually negligible. But some people want a larger diamond regardless, and will adjust the scale on the C’s to match the biggest C – Cost! 

If you are happy with your diamond, and you only started to doubt it after this, pay this feeling no mind. If you are REALLY unhappy, then you may as well go all out and look for a stone that is actually under 2. Don’t throw yours away for one that doesn’t even meet the mark youre judging them on! You can then really consider if you’d rather a smaller/warmer/possibly included diamond with a better “score” or if you’d rather stick with the one that made your heart sing originally.

Post # 6
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2958 posts
Sugar bee

There is a great misconception about diamonds and that is that one excellent cut diamond looks like another excellent cut diamond.

Whereas the other “C”s are consistent, cut is another matter altogether. 

You could look at three different excellent cuts and find they look very different because a slight change in cut angle gives a different sparkle pattern. Also there are some outliers, diamonds that aren’t in the excellent cut category that are just as beautiful as ones that are. Equally there are some diamonds classified as excellent that aren’t so wonderful.

So where does this leave the buyer? To maximise the chances of getting a great diamond we are better to choose a diamond rated excellent but there is no substitute for our own eyes. 

So go back the jewellers are see the diamonds side by side in different lighting. Don’t be fooled by shop lighting where all diamonds glitter. Look at the diamonds in sunny and cloudy daylight, spotlight and in a darkish corner. Then choose the one that appeals the most.

Post # 9
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6599 posts
Bee Keeper

it’s a GIA excellent cut so I figure it can’t be THAT bad

Thats why people use the HCA. GIA xxx is a very wide margin, and not all diamonds in that range are top quality. Espcially a site like pricescope where many people buy online, this is VERY important. If you can see it in person, less so. 

Post # 10
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971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The HCA is for helping you eliminate stones that are just not cut well, you like the stone even through others have told you to skip it and keep looking. The reason for that is because you are spending money on an item and they are advising you not to throw your money away. While it might not be a dud, it is also clearly not the best you can get, but since you have now posted on two websites it is clear that you have you heart set on the stone. Just get it, if you don’t like the advice you are given and are choosing to ignore it then why does it matter? 

 

Also not everyone on PS has a 2.5 they are upgrading to a 4ct. There are many on there that have less than 0.5cts but they still want a well cut diamond

Post # 12
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6445 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I regard diamonds like wine. Yes, it is good to know some “rules”, and it is good to be well-informed, but you like what you like. I very much like the cut of some 60/60 stones (they are NOT all the same), and a stone with those proportions would not score well on the HCA. But I have looked at a LOT of stones, and I am willing to buy something that doesn’t necessarily follow the rules because I know the rule I am breaking, and I know why I am doing it. 

The HCA is primarily intended for people who haven’t looked at a lot of stones and who aren’t particularly well-educated about what the differences in angles and measurements can mean. As the tool itself says, it was never intended to choose a stone for you; it was intended to weed out poor performers, especially if a person is buying online. If your eyes tell you something other than what the HCA tells you, trust your eyes. But a larger table isn’t automatically a good thing. A diamond is more than just how big it faces up; it is about light return. 

Post # 13
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287 posts
Helper bee

sixmillionmiles :  I actually read an article that is of the opinion that the hca score is a gimmick. 

https://www.leonmege.com/learn/hca 

Im of the opinion that if it looked beautiful to you, and ticked all your boxes then I wouldn’t care much about the hca score. You’re not walking around with the score on your finger. 

For piece of mind because now you seem a little worried, go back and check it out again but if you love it I would say don’t let the score deter you. 

Post # 14
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971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

sixmillionmiles :  nothing is law, the tool is just to help. If you are asking if it is flawed, most likely not but who knows. I am not frustrated as I didnt offer any advise on the other site, I left that up to others more experienced in explaining the reasons for HCA and why it is or isnt a good stone. Like I said you have said that you love the stone, so get it. Sometimes it doens’t matter what others think, it speaks to you and that is what matters. I have an antique stone and I love it, doesnt matter what others say lol 

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