(Closed) Blue Nile ideal cut Round diamond and HCA score! Pictures please!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Are you happy with the your Blue Nile diamond?

    Absolutely!

    For the most part

    No

  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    silverdog: it all depends on what’s important to you. A GIA XXX eyeclean I will outperform most diamonds out there for what you pay, especially compared to mall jewelry stores – the Jared, Kay, etc. of the world. 

    Is it a super ideal? No. But will it be a dud? No. It will still sparkle etc etc. just not to the extent of those that have better proportions. 

    Go to pricescope. They will help. 

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    HCA should be under 2. But remember HCA is a rejection tool, not a selection tool. If you want a superideal you need a diamond graded for light performance by AGS. GIA excellent is a broad category that encompasses some not so excellent diamonds. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Skip the Blue Nile ideal and let thePricescope folks help you find a less expensive stone that will be just as nice 🙂

    Post # 6
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    3170 posts
    Sugar bee

    Do you mean the Blue Nile Signature Ideal cut? I would not bother with that if I were you, since I agree with PPs that the branding is a waste of money. We found our stone on BN, although we ended up viewing it with/purchasing it from a jeweler in the diamond district. It is a GIA ideal/triple-ex cut, and has better dimensions than many of the Signature Ideal stones we saw on the site. We had to do some legwork to figure out exactly which range the angles, table, and depth should fall into for “super ideal” light performance, since just buying any GIA triple-ex isn’t going to get you the best cut IMO. However, that info is easy to find on Pricescope. Our diamond has a HCA score of 0.8.

    The advantage of buying the Signature Ideal cut is that Blue Nile does the legwork for you, but it’s honestly not worth paying a premium to me.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    I am very pleased with my Blue Nile diamond. Mine was GIA excellent and not a Blue Nile Signature stone, but it rates a 1.3 on the HCA. If you have looked at lots and lots of stones and know what you like, then you can go outside the HCA to your visual preference (for example, although my stone is not, I really love the look of 60/60 stones, even though they don’t rank as high on the HCA). If not, I would try to stick to a stone scoring under a 2. If you are not positive what you are looking for, James Allen will provide IdealScope images to help you, so you may want to consider that, too. 

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