(Closed) Bees with an oval diamond…HELP!!!!!!!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Newbee

@aussieencore you summed this up really well. I have an oval with almost the exact same specs and I only really notice the bowtie under certain lighting conditions. I try not to think of it as a drawback because I love how elegant the oval cut looks. Even if it’s not technically as sparkly or brilliant as some other cuts the first comment I get when people see it is how sparkly it is. At the end of the day I’m glad you took the action to make yourself happy with your ring because that’s what matters @mrskmh!

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sorry you didnt like your diamond. It’s impossible to judge light performance based on photos. I wouldn’t give up on diamonds – get an ASET image the next time. JA may not do that anymore, but Whiteflash and other retailers online (with the exception of Blue Nile)should be able to get that for you. It’s the best way to judge light performance in a fancy cut without having to order it. You might like another cut better, rounds show the least color.

Post # 19
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Busy bee

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mrskmh:  I’m glad you have decided to return it but I’m sorry you had to go through the stress!

It took me a while to adjust to wearing an oval stone. There was some initial disappointment when I realised that the sparkle wasn’t always there. As my Fiance waited so damn long to propose we did not have the option of returning it but I still loved the shape and design of the ring so I decided I can live with the stone’s “behaviour”.  

 

 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

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mrskmh:  the only ring I wore for 15 yrs and still the only one I have sentimental attachment to. I only wear my sparkly update when I go out.  Original beauty the other 95%of the time. 

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Return it for a H! There is something magical about this color grade of a diamond. As long as your cut is very good a H will be white enough and have depth from the slight warmth that’s will emit crazy sparkle! This is just my personal opinion from my diamond hunting experience. I did own a H colored very good cut oval and it was so beautiful but it didn’t flatter my hand at all.

Post # 23
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Helper bee

I have a .91 E, VS1, excellent cut diamond, and it always looks white to me. If you are unhappy with the way yours looks at times, return it while you can and try again! Your ring is beautiful, btw.

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Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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mrskmh:  I’m sorry you had this experience with your oval. It is a blessing you could get your money back!!

I love my oval. Mine never looks grey….f color…but my pics of it don’t ever show its true beauty which is a slight bummer. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Light return is all cut! Good move on return.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee

It was definitely the bow tie. I dont have an oval, but I have a pear and those shapes are similar when it comes to this. Mine is a 1.5 carat E/VVS2 with such a gorgeous cut that at first I didn’t think it had a bow tie. Then I noticed it looking gray at times–always in the car during rainy weather. Sure enough, in those lighting conditions, it was the bow tie effect. Pretty much all ovals and pears have it under certain lighting conditions, some much more than others. Looks like you got stuck with a bad bow-tie. That can certainly make a D color oval diamond look gray. Cut is king, as they say…glad you are returning it. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

It’s likely the cut, ovals are a more shallow cut stone which means they face up a little larger than other cuts but that they are prone to the bow-tie effect. It took me a while to get used to my oval after never really experiencing one in real life, at first I kept wondering why in certain lighting it looked dark and dull, I considered returning it but kept it in the end and I absolutely love it now. It is a little moody but I learned that if I keep it squeaky clean (I’m talking almost daily cleanings) it looks pretty great, when it’s dirty it gets very dull in certain lighting conditions. 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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mrskmh:  that ring is AMAZING. With that said, maybe you’re sensitive to the icy color of a D diamond I also like warmer diamonds. It really is just a matter of preference. I would go to the jeweler and look at other diamonds and see if they make your heart sing the way this one doesn’t and see if it’s worth the swap.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee

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mrskmh:  You can definitely find an oval that you’ll be happy with. I think you just had a dud with this one, cut-wise. You just need a much better cut (and you don’t need D/VS1). 

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