"Bad" HCA score?

posted 1 month ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

Well l certainly hope you are happy after all this. It seems as if your engagement ring is an investment rather than, or at least as much as, it is a token of love/intention to marry. 

That sounds highly judgemental of me, sorry l didn’t really mean to. l guess l just have a totally different take and could not care less about specs and all that. I only go to ring threads to look at the pretty stuff. All the technicals are incomprehensible to me lol. 

 

 

sixmillionmiles :  

Post # 18
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Honey bee

I’m an evil Pricescoper. I’m glad you found a better stone. Sorting through GIA xxx stones can be a pain, for myself I prefer AGS000 which have been evaluated for light performance. A good HCA score does not guarantee a great diamond. It’s simply a sorting tool.

Post # 19
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Helper bee

Pick something you like, then stop looking! You’ll drive yourself crazy with all the “possibly better” stones out there!

Post # 20
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Newbee

Hi! I’m a jeweler and I’ve never heard of HCA scores. It’s not like a thing in diamond grading for professionals. I just got a Tiffany diamond with excellent cut, very good symmetry, and all the proportion are within ideal range and the HCA tool graded it 3.7. Said scintillation and fire were just fair and that it was a poor candidate but maybe could have good sparkle in the right light. However, in person under a bunch of different light sources, it has great scintillation and fire and sparkles nicer than my moissanite did. I think the HCA is good for someone can’t read a GIA report and needs to narrow down between a few stones. My feeling as someone who knows how to diamond grade, this shouldn’t factor into your final decision on a stone. Also diamond quality relies on much more than what the hca seems to grade on so I don’t know how they’re making an overall determination of quality. I think it’s mostly a marketing tool. 

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