Post # 1
Hi all, I am from Sydney and looking forward to buy an solitaire Round Brilliant diamond ring.
I was looking for something .75ct to .8ct. However once I went to a local reputable store (GS diamonds), they showed me a 0.9 carat diamnd.
Its a GIA Round Brilliant F/ SI2/ 3ex/ no fluoro and priced AUD5700 (equivalent to USD4061)
the best thing about the diamond is its big. diameters are 6.23×6.24×3.83
It fits by budget very well for the size and its great white too. The only problem the inclusions. It looks eyeclean from the top. with loup there is a black spot at the top but i couldnt see anything from the top with naked eye even if i tried hard.
My main concern is the sides. I looked from the sides of the diamond and saw a few pinpoint kinda spots floating around. it was easily visible when I looked at it with naked eye from 6inches distance. I have already made up my mind to use a 4 claw setting where the sides of the stone will be visible. Do you guying think it will be worth buying this stone?
the lady at the store told me that if I look from the sides of the stone, inclusions will always be visible, even in SI1 and some VS2 stones as well they are if you look from the sides. is it true?
I am a bit worried. the other stones I found which were eye clean from the sides were .75 carat or maximum 5.9mm diameter which seems tiny. This one looked really large and lovely size for my budget, but I am sure I will keep looking at it from the sides.
I would appreciate your advice.
Post # 2
faykis: that is so expensive for an SI2 diamond! To answer your question, no, my VS2 diamond does not show any specks or anything. I’ve looked at it several times under 30x magnification and can’t find anything. I would not buy an SI2 diamond. More inclusions make it more prone to chipping and weaken the stone.
Post # 3
The woman was pretty well right about a lot of SI2 stones having visible inclusions from the sides. That doesn’t mean ALL of them do, but many of them will. Granted your ring will be on your finger so you won’t be looking at the sides often and if someone takes your ring and looks at it from the side you should smack them upside the head.
I too had looked at a diamond and noticed the inclusions from the side and decided I wouldn’t be able to keep myself from looking at them, so we chose to go with a slightly higher clarity diamond. My ring is a VS2 and it has no visible inclusions. Even under 30X it is nearly impossible to find the one slight inclusion. I’d ask to see higher clarity diamonds in your price range and see what you feel is best for you.
Post # 4
Go to pricescope.com and tell them your budget and they will help you. Way too much for a poor quality stone
Post # 5
WhatMaeBee: diamonds are pretty pricey in Austrlia. I have visited 3 wholesellers who usually source diamond from USA. I am happy to spend around AUD 6500 for the diamond. I want white bright sparkly and the larger the better.
I did find some online in usa stores but i feel scared to get order them only by looking at the photos. Plus it will cost me 10% gst 🙁
Post # 6
Try bluenile, i have an s12 stone that is completely eye clean. I returned the first stone to them it was no problem i highly recommend them.
Post # 7
Finally a store recommended me a .90 for sourcing
Post # 9
The price seem high for an SI2 diamond of that size. I did a quick search on ritani.com. You will not always see flaws from the sides, it just depends on location/type of flaw. The thing about diamonds is once they are in jewelry you hardly notice the flaws unless you have someting more in the I2 range. An no one will be looping your diamond. As long as the optics are still good one fleck of carbon that is not visible to the naked eye wont matter.
Post # 11
I believe would be happy with that if that was the best size and compromise I thought I was making. I’m more concerned about it being eye clean from the top than side. Rarely am I really analyzing the side, or is anyone gonna grab your hand and inspect your ring from all sides from 6 inches away. And so what if they do? I’d consder it a little identifier. I do have a VS2 (DH choose it on his own, not me) and I can’t find the inclusions even with a loupe but sometimes I wish he’d gone lower clarity for more size. Cuase, how often do I really look THAT closely? Just that once to see if I could find it cause Darling Husband said that he had a hard time seeing it even when the jeweler pointed it out. But size, I would easily see everyday.
Post # 12
I don’t like clouds in a stone. An SI1 is more likely to be eye clean, even from the side.
Post # 13
Look on b2cjewels, my diamond is .9 triple ex, med blue fluoro, vs1 and was less than 5k Gia cert
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2017 - A Historic Inn
I have a diamond just shy of a carat. I think it’s si2. I can see a very, very slight inclusion in the corner by the prongs, but I (over) analyze everything! Absolutely no one has ever noticed. My setting covers the sides, and the inclusion is overlooked because it’s by the edge. It’s extremely white and sparkles like crazy! I’m very happy with the diamond he chose! I’d be worried about inclusions in the center, though.
Post # 15
I can see the inclusions from the top in the photo you posted. Do you mind? No one is gonna be looking at it as closely as we are here, but it’s what makes you comfortable.