Post # 1
I am so sick to my stomach over this! I have a 1.01 carat oval, D, VS1 (GIA certified). It’s beautiful…sometimes. I love it in certain lights. In other lights, I hate looking at it. It absorbs A LOT of color and sometimes it looks gray to me. I’m constantly looking down at it at work wondering if it is having one of its “pretty” moments or if it’s having a “wow, that’s not a pretty diamond” moment.
I know my diamond is a D, but why does it often look so colored indoors? Are all ovals chameleons like this? Does your oval have the “crushed ice” look? Does your oval absorb colors? Am I crazy? I’ve had 3 different gemologists inspect the diamond and they all say different things.
I have exactly 4 days to return this ring. I am so stressed over this. See pics…the first 3 pictures make me cringe. In the 4th picture, I’m at work and hopefully you can see how it is reflecting my burgandy pants, a yellow picture on my wall, and the blue crate below. The last 3 pictures show what my diamond looks like when it’s having a pretty moment. Cry.
This topic was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by mrskmh.
Post # 2
All gemstones take on their own color profile. Your ring is absolutely stunning. If you are even the slightest bit unhappy with it-there is your answer. Take it back and get what you want. There is no reason to stress over this.
Post # 3
Your ring is stunning! I do agree that if you’re one bit unhappy with it, then return it. No use stressing over it. It will probably bug you for the rest of your life (at least that’s how I am with things like this)! I love the oval on you though.
Post # 4
look up the “bow tie” effect on oval diamond. it might has something to do with it.
Post # 5
I don’t have an oval, but I have a cushion so I know that the stats on paper are nice-but in no way ensure you have a sparkling diamond. what are the gradings for polish and symmetry? I love ovals but I know any fancy cut is subject to how well it was cut, and there are no cut grades with fancy shapes. It’s hard to tell in your pics but it doesn’t look very bright or sparkly. Is it squeaky clean? I’d try cleaning it first. I do see a dark center which is a bow tie effect and is hard to avoid in elongated shapes. Look up LaurenBJewelry on Instagram. they have a ton of different oval shapes so you can get a feel for how yours looks in comparison to other ovals. Don’t keep it if you’re not happy!
Post # 6
I think your stone is stunning! Even in the pictures you dont like. It does look like you have small bow tie in the middle of the top half but I have never minded bow ties. If it really bothers you and you and your SO are able to then change it. You don’t want “hate looking at it”. I read somewhere the cut grade affects bow tie effect but I have no clue if that’s true
Post # 7
Your ring is beautiful:-) I have an oval, I can’t say that it looks gray to me ever, but it’s definitely hard to take pictures of – they don’t capture the sparkle and depth of the diamond.
If you don’t like it, maybe you should exchange it for a cut that is more what you’re looking for, assuming your Fiance is okay with this idea. But I wouldn’t let a few pictures with bad lighting or a bow tie (very common in ovals) make that decision. Base it on how it looks in real life and what you really want.
Post # 8
I have an oval (1.5 carat, J diamond, in a rose gold halo, similar in design to yours). I think your stone is beautiful even in the photos you don’t like. Mine is a lower color grade than yours (I like the warmth though 🙂 ), but it does reflect/absorb color around it quite often – but I really enjoy the uniqueness. Mine also has a small bow tie which is sometimes not visible at all and sometimes looks huge to me – but this is something you’ll see in all ovals because of the shape (though, depending on the cut, some stones will have very small bow ties that are much less visible than others).
If the inconsistency of you diamond’s presentation really bothers you, then you may be better off with a round brilliant diamond. Good luck and let us know what you decide!
Post # 9
all ovals have a bow tie – but it’s more pronounced in some than in others. i’m guessing that’s the “grey” that you’re talking about seeing. if you love the oval shape, but don’t love this particular one, then i suggest you return it, and look at other ovals in person. maybe, at the end of the day, you decide you can’t live with any bow-ties – then an oval is not for you. go with a round briliant, or cushion cut.
Post # 10
I have an oval that is 1.05 – E / VS2, so not much different. i agree that is can be both incredibly sparkly or rather flat. I do think it looks slightly grey sometimes. It has a small bow tie which doesn’t usually bother me but occasionally really does.
I also have a smaller ring which is a round brilliant cut in the super-ideal “hearts on fire” cut. Even though it’s actually a H colour it always looks incredibly sparkly and very white.
My conclusion is that whilst I chose an oval for the shape, I’ve compromised on the flash and fire. However I know from trying on about 50 rings that a round brilliant stone shape did not suit my hand. So I accept my elegant oval will behave differently to a round. It will sometimes absorb a little colour and also sometimes look incredibly sparkly. If I was buying a round stone I would always pay a premium to get a hearts and arrows cut, such as A Cut Above from Whiteflash. The extra sparkle is worth it.
Once I started wearing my oval ring I had to come to terms with it behaving differently to my other round brilliant. I suspect because you are stressing about it you have already answered your own question.
Post # 11
Round diamonds get dark as well:
This is a D color. Diamonds reflect lighting.
Post # 12
Thank you everyone for your replies! For the money we spent, I’ve decided to return it. I compared it to other ovals at several jewelry stores today– some were similar, some were better. It definitely doesn’t face up like a D color which I’m guessing is due to its cut. It looked comparable to a H in the store lighting and in daylight. I was shocked. On paper it had ideal specs, and the video online (we purchased from James Allen) looked great, but day to day in real life it’s just not for me.
It looks like I may be a wedding band girl. Maybe a diamond isn’t for me :). Strangely, I’m ok with that. Thanks again!
Post # 13
I think you’re making the right decision. Too much money to spend you’re not fully happy with. And that diamond’s light performance did look poor. D or not, cut is everything.
Post # 14
You made the right decision. A D color shouldn’t look gray like that. It’s a sign that something in the cut is lacking. I have a D color oval (smaller than yours though) and it can look kind of flat white in bad lighting, but never gray. In good lighting it’s so clear and sparkly that it looks like cut ice.
Post # 15
you’re so right! Cut really is everything! I love the oval shape, but can’t stomach spending thousands and thousands on it just to show that I have an engagement ring. My wedding band has the true meaning on my finger anyways 🙂