(Closed) Bees that picked out their ring/diamond… HALP!!!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Your second priority (after cut)

    Size

    Color

    Clarity

  • Post # 16
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2016 - The Fox Hollow

    It’s all about what you want.  Everyone has different opinions.  Some people perfer a big diamond, some perfer a near-flawless one, and some perfer the color to be as white as white can be.  My big thing was the color.  I wanted it to sparkle.  And the cut/symmetry.  You don’t want it to be cut too long or too short or light wont go through and refract out. But you don’t want to neglect the other C’s either.. you obviously don’t want to see any imperfections to the naked eye, which I could see in alot of stones I was shown at big franchise jewelry stores.

    Post # 17
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Modern, Classic, Fun

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    BrittyBee:  I didn’t pick my diamond out, however me and Fiance were on the same page with priorities: cut, clarity, color, carat. To me, the cut will effect the sparkliness of the stone, and I knew sparkle was important to me so cut was #1. No matter how big the stone is, if it’s dull and lacks sparkle it won’t be as beautiful IMO. 

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2003

    I didn’t choose my diamond. But my husband was looking for a specific size. And he got the best cut diamond in that size in his budget. If I were looking today, I think I would have the same criteria. I feel like color and clarity are where you can sacrfice a little. So I have an H color and SI1 (that is eye clean) and I have never felt like he could have done better. 

    Post # 19
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2001

    CUT,CUT, CUT! It doesn’t matter what color, size, or clarity a diamond is if the cut is bad. A poorly cut diamond won’t sparkle and will look dead.

    After that it’s totally up to you.

    My personal priority list is cut, clarity, color, size.

    This site has a cool step-by-step “guide” for finding a diamond within your budget:

    http://www.lumeradiamonds.com/buying-diamonds/choose-a-diamond

    Post # 20
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    It’s all about your tolerances of the C’s.  I went with a cushion so cut wasn’t a Factor- each stone is different. Make sure you have an experienced and non pushy sales person.  I trusted my gal to pick stones without specific C’s except for cut- a balance of everything: I said I wanted a cushion or round, ex cut, at least very good symmetry, faces up white, eye clean and a stone at least 1.5+ carats (my drean being 2 carats+).  Looking back, the lab grade does matter but I figure it evens it self out with my requirements that I’m looking for.  She told me the price and specs after I looked at both rings.  Of course the round is more expensive (it was about 3k more than the cushion)  

    I got it down to 2 stones.  A GIA 1.88 round, ex cut, H color, ex symmetry, SI1

    but this cushion stole my heart the minute she pulled it from the envelope: 

    GIA, 2.32 carats, J color, very good symmetry, SI1, strong blue florescence- it counteracts the warmer tones.  the stone sounds ugly as sin on paper but I think she’s beautiful!  

    Here are some examples of ex cut stones that are meh:

    oval, 2.2 carats, D color, ex cut, VVS1- no sparkle and something just seemed off with the stone

    Last one- this one I think the salesman was outright lying to me about the specs (yucky stone)

    1.9 carats, F color, SI1, ex cut & symmetry(I don’t believe him)

    Some gals like a ‘mind-clean’ stone (VS1+) but my personal opinion is why pay more for something you need a loupe or microscope to see- no one is going to notice.  I think purchasing online is hard- even with sites like James Allen.  I’m planning on purchasing my band and next e-ring upgrade from Diamond Guy 808 in HI- he’s super reasonble and has GREAT reviews. check him out on Instagra.  Anyway, sorry for the long post.  Congrats and good luck!  

    Post # 21
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    Awww tha stinks he wont go with you 🙁 my Fiance just went yesterday to look at robbins brothers and had a really great experience. I went in thinking i wanted a 1.5 ct but with the setting i picked (verragio with a halo) i could only do a 1! I ended up picking a colorless .94 ct diamond si2. Cut was not a problem because they only sold excellent cuts. I was so pleased with the experience. Now to play the waiting game! Good luck bee! You will be able to pick everything out and compare the diamonds. At least i was in store.

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Cornucopia St. Charles

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    BrittyBee:  when we went for my ring I had no idea what I was doing.  I did learn a few things though by researching a few websites and I came to realize that you can get a great diamond at a great price if you go in  Armed with education.  

    go to youtube and type in “Good Old Gold”.  They are a jewelry store on LI and they have a ton of visual and educational information on diamonds.  Once you have the diamond than the setting should be easy.

    I chose a setting that had a low profile because I was do afraid of loosing the diamond.  I planned on wearing it everyday.  So the setting will depend on a lot for you as well you should really look around before you decide there are a ton of choices out there.

    remember the jeweler you are buying from may not be the one to take advice from, he is trying to sell you on what makes him the most money.  

    happy hunting!

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Cornucopia St. Charles

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    jar111415:  I couldnt agree with you more.  I also did not buy into that.  It’s all about what makes the jeweler the most money.

     

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    You forgot the most important C: CUT! I don’t care how big, flawless or colorless your stone is, if it isn’t cut well, it won’t sparkle, and isn’t that really what we are going for? So, go for excellent or ideal cut. Personally I wouldn’t spend my money on a lesser one with bad light performance. 

    Most women compromise by going for eye-clean clarity (Lowest eye-clean is SI-1 or SI-2, have the jeweler verify this for you), H/I/J for color (some tint, but with an ideal cut diamond this is usually minimally noticeable to most, unless you are VERY color sensitive), and carat being the biggest you can get with those specs and your budget. 🙂 

    Or, if you really care most about a big, sparkly, white, flawless, ideal cut rock that will last forever and don’t have your heart set on any particular material, I would consider the amora gem. If you have your heart set on a diamond though, then don’t bother. 

     

    Post # 25
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: City, State

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    MrsCassie:  great advice! I second this, which is exactly what we did. I ended up with GIA excellent cut, H, and eye clean SI1 clarity. My priorities in order were cut, size, color, clarity.

    The only thing I would add to this is that all excellent cuts are not created equally. If you’re interested, I would look at pricescope they have a ton of info. If you’re planning on buying a round diamond, I also recommend the HCA (Holloway Cut Advisor) which will give you specific information on how sparkly the diamond will be! Look for a score of 2 or below.

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

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    countlessfreckles:  YES! Great advice on the HCA! You are so correct in that not all excellent cut stones are equal, I’d really only consider the ones that are borderline ideal and have an HCA score of 0-2. 🙂 Wonderful point, and I second checking out Price Scope as well! Fabulous forums and a wealth of information. 

     

    Post # 27
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    Bee Keeper

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    BrittyBee:  I won’t compromise on cut, but I would on the other C’s. For me though I don’t exactly have an order; I will set a budget, and then find the best stone with the specs that I’m happiest with within that; usually, because I don’t have unlimited money, that means compromising everywhere. 

    I’d say I’m least bothered about size because I prefer smaller stones, but I still wouldn’t go below, say 0.25ct for a solitaire.

    My most recent diamond purchase was a pendant. I had a budget of £800 max, and wanted it to be triple excellent, no smaller than 0.35ct, eye-clean, a day at least H in colour. I ended up with a triple X F colour SI2 (eye-clean) 0.41ct stone. 

    Post # 28
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I would (for you) go cut, carat, clarity then colour. If the clarity is too low due to black specks (carbon inclusions) it can make the stone seem, well, greyish. It has nothing to do with its colour officially – but it doesn’t sparkle or look nice.

    don’t be afraid of PGGL certification either – they are computer graded rather than person graded. The only big difference is, they don’t take into account where inclusions are… A stone where the inclusion is right in the centre is more obvious than one along an edge that can be hidden, so although pggl will rate them the same GIA will rate them based on how they will set. Take a look at those stones under a microscope or loupe to see if you can live with it!

    Post # 29
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    Bee Keeper

    Also second the advice of checking out the HCA score, particularly if you can’t see it in person. I narrowed it down to a couple of stones then went for the one with the best HCA score as I was ordering ‘blind’. 

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    to me the most important thing is the shape, so I guess symmetry would fall under that, but not necessarily the depth of the stone. then the size. I’m not hugely concerned with the color or clarity. I just wanted a diamond thar was white/clear and sparkled. Inclusions and such didn’t bug me. 

    my Fiance bought my first e-ring last year knowing we would upgrade to what I really wanted eventually. It was far from a perfect stone but it sparkled and was pretty. I went to Robbins Bros yesterday and we got my dream ring. They listen to what you care about and find a stone to make you happy. It can be a longer process though ans guys seem to sometimes struggle with it. Haha poor men 

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