(Closed) Bigger warmer oval or smaller cooler oval?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which oval...big I or little G?

    Keep the IF G .94 oval

    Get the VS1 I 1.31 oval

  • Post # 77
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    Buzzing bee

    I definitely prefer the size and proportions of the second oval – I don’t like the skinner ovals – however the colour difference is too much for me.

    Have you looked at bluenile? I only ask because I just did a search and they have 95 ovals D-F in colour, of all clarities, all under $5000. Obviously bowtie is an issue, but you can request photos of the diamonds to judge the clarity and potential ‘real life’ bowtie; plus their returns policy is very good.

    Post # 78
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    The colour doesn’t bother me at all. Honestly, I don’t think you would notice it much when it wasn’t next to a higher coloured stone. So while I understand many people are colour sensitive, that’s a non-issue to me.

    However, I much prefer the faceting and proportions of the smaller stone. It looks somehow cleaner, and has less of the crushed ice effect. That is just personal preference, as many people like and seek out the crushed ice look in a stone. But I prefer symmetrical, clean and visible faceting, which is far more apparent in the G.

    Post # 79
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    Bumble bee

    Your g .94 stone hands down it’s so perfect. I have an f stone and I am verrrryyyy color sensitive. I just love a white white stone warm stones ARE beautiful but white is what is considered “perfect” and your diamond is PERFECT! 

    Post # 80
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    Bee Keeper

    How much longer do you have to decide? 30 days? I think JA could help you source another option. Maybe you could find a bigger oval than your current one, G-H color but with a lower clarity? Maybe with fluorescence to bring the price down? Maybe talk to JA, I think they will help source something for you!

    I prefer the I, but it is kind of warm, and that might bother you. I would talk to JA before you give up!

    Post # 81
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

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    @Heidibrooke:  I love the hint of warmth in the I diamond, it’s gorgeous! I like the L/W ratio better too, but I think the G diamond is better cut and sparkles differently. The I diamond throws off chunkier flashes of light, perhaps that’s why people have told you that the G sparkles more? 

    I’m no help, I can’t decide either, sorry Smile

    I really like BlondeMissMolly’s suggestion! 

    Post # 83
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    Really like the look of the bigger one a lot more! The difference is really not noticeable in my eyes

    Post # 84
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    @Heidibrooke:  How susceptible are you to diamond shrinkage? I have huge hands (larger than my FI’s) and DSS set in very quickly…a big part of the reason why I had my 1.01 ct oval halo’d in within 4 months. I don’t mind warmth at all, so I chose the bigger rock 🙂

    Post # 85
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    Bumble bee

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    @Heidibrooke:  could you possibly get a similar setting made with similarly colored diamonds? Otherwise, yea I kind of like the idea of the solitare. It looks like you’ve got a nice wedding band already and that would help with the bling factor…

    oh wait, now I read your updates..you like the lower colors, but the bigger size…in that case I’d take BlondeMissMolly’s advice and ask JA to find you a bigger diamond in the color range you prefer.

    Good luck!!

    Post # 86
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @Heidibrooke:  I prefer the cut of your stone better as the larger diamond has that “crushed ice” look which causes light leakage in a stone (and is just less interesting to me than larger, blocky facets)…so I would imagine your current stone is much more sparkley IRL than the larger one. Although I do prefer the look of a fatter oval, I think the cut of your current diamond appears more “antique-like” and so that would be my preference 🙂

     

    Post # 87
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I LOVE the larger one!  I am a size wh*re, but that is not the only reason…I love the ratio and the faceting.  It also looks like it has some fluro, which will help with the whiteness.  It is beautiful, and the size is an added bonus and looks fab on you.

    Post # 88
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    Bee Keeper

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    @Heidibrooke:  you’ve got a month! I really think there might be even more of a compromise for you. Idk how you prioritize clarity, but I personally would go down to SI, provided it was eye clean, in order to get a little more size and higher color if I also loved the cut and proportions. Maybe something in the G-H range, VS2-SI1 with fluorescence would still fall in your price and size range. 

    Did you post this on pricescope? 

    Post # 89
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    Bee Keeper

    Ok here’s 3 you might want to look at:

    http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.04-carat-e-color-si2-clarity-sku-197156

    http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.20-carat-f-color-si2-clarity-sku-206918

    http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.22-carat-f-color-si1-clarity-sku-258839

    None are quite as big as the I you have, but they’re all less elongated than your current G, which might make them appear larger. They’re also very white, but more included. Idk how you will feel about them, but I think they’re new because I looked quick when you last posted about ordering the I. 

    Post # 90
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    If you put an I next to a DEFG, guess what? It will ALWAYS be warmer. On it’s own, that’s a really beautiful stone though. As long as a scale exists, D will reign supreme and things at the other end of the scale will be less desirable to some people because the scale SAYS it’s less desirable. It’s a solitaire. You won’t be wearing them together and it isn’t so warm that it looks weird with the pave. I say go for the larger stone. Not sure if this is the same stone from the other day but if it has a bowtie, it’s not really very apparent in real life IMO.

    Post # 91
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m not a fan of warmth in a diamond so I would choose the smaller one I think, but that’s a tough one. They both look gorgeous!

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