Post # 1
Hi Bees! I need opinions! So I’ve been looking at round diamonds on Blue Nile around the .9ct mark. I’ve narrowed it down to a handfull that are between SI1 and VS2/ I color, all are triple X GIA stones. All appear good on paper… but then I learned about the HCA grading. All have HCA numbers between a 2 and 2.6. Does that mean they are going to be absolute duds in person? Will these diamonds still sparkle and have a nice appearance?
I’d greatly appreciate pictures of your blue nile diamonds! I think I’m over thinking all of this because I know lots of fellow Bees have beautiful diamonds from Blue Nile!
Post # 2
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 # 3
Thanks bitsybee! I’ve been hanging around pricesope too. A wealth of information there for sure! I guess with all the talk on there it has me doubting our selection. I’m not an expert by any means… so I’m wondering if I would truly notice the difference.
Post # 4
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
Skip the Blue Nile ideal and let thePricescope folks help you find a less expensive stone that will be just as nice 🙂
Post # 6
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
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.
Post # 8
I have been looking at what BN calls Ideal, or GIA Excellent. I completely agree that their signature cut diamonds are overpriced for the most part! I was able to find a handful of diamonds that scored better on the HCA. I’ve just heard so many conflicting statements regarding the HCA and whether or not it is always reliable.
Anyone have any pictures of their Blue Nile diamonds and HCA stats??