(Closed) Cushion Cut Halo – I1 clarity bad idea?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Sugar bee

If you’re questioning, you’re not in love. I’d look for a different stone (plus, that inclusion is VERY obvious). I don’t know what your budget is for the stone alone but keep in mind that David can make, and does make, that setting for just about any stone you or he finds. So, I wouldn’t even worry about getting that ring with that preset stone. I’d let him know that is the setting you want (because, let’s be honest, it’s gorgeous) but you would like to find a stone that is more in the SI1-SI2 rage that is eye clean. Give him your stone budget and let him know you’re willing to drop down to a .75 if you have to but if there is any way to keep it above 1ct that would be awesome. You also aren’t limited to his current virtual stock. He frequently hunts down stones for his customers so don’t feel like you’re limited to this stone or the .75 he currently has. I would even drop down to an H if that would help with your budget. Unless you’re comparing an H side by side with a D there is a REALLY good chance you wouldn’t see anything other than stark white.

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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@fvsoccer:  I would definitely go this route! I have never even really seen what an inclusion is before but just by looking at that picture I can immediately see it. 

Post # 19
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Sugar bee

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@star_dust:  I have also heard that Blue Nile has amazing customer service, so the buying online and out of country stress is a bit reduced….I don’t have any personal experience though.

 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@HappyH:  I’m incredibly obsessive/anal, so I think an inclusion might drive me crazy!  I suppose it depends on how obvious it is, but I think that’s why it would be so hard to commit to a diamond I’d never seen in person.

I’d continue shopping around for a better quality center stone.  I don’t know how important size is to you, though.  For some girls, that’s one of the most important things.  For me personally, color, clarity, and cut were much more important than size.  I think you have to decide what’s most important to you and go from there, but I’d definitely still look for a better quality center stone no matter what!

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

if you are happy with the clarity and the inclusion wont’ bother you, then i say get it.

if you like the bigger look and the inclusion isn’t noticeable to you, then go for it. i would.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I think it’s gorgeous, but you really have to see a stone in person before you make a decision.  Pictures and grading reports don’t ever really do a diamond justice.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Re: Shopping online. I have only heard good things about Diamonds by Lauren (though I have not bought from them). I would feel confident in ordering from them. I’ve purchased diamonds sight unseen and surprisingly have been pleased every time, but I knew I had chosen reputable dealers and that I’d be more than able to return the diamond if I was not satisfied with it after having it looked at by a professional. In this case, it truly isn’t “buying sight unseen” as there are generally pictures and videos of the merch at DBL. I *have* purchased truly sight unseen from Blue Nile and was very happy with the stone. I would personally be more hesitant to buy a diamond locally as I know the markup in my area is insane and the selection much slimmer.

Re: The I1 cushion. OP, if you love it, order it and see for yourself if it’s “the one”. Tell the vendor your concerns and make absolutely sure you’ll be able to return it if, when you see the ring in person, the inclusion does bother you. Everyone has a different opinion on which C’s are most important and if you prefer size over clarity this may just be the perfect stone for you. 

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper

I would suggest going down in size or shopping around for a better price, because I would not suggest going lower than vs2 in a brilliant-type cut diamond such as a cushion (even higher clarity for step cuts). The color sounds nice though, even a fancy cut shouldn’t show very much color in an F.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

To be honest, I didn’t see the inclusions when I first looked at the photo and just thought it looked really pretty. However, after reading the posts with point minting out where they are, I can see them. 

If you love it OP, get it. 

I have a halo with a emerald centre stone thats larger than a ct and holy hell is it nowhere near flawless. It’s actually got a chip on the surface, and several inclusions including quite an eye noticeable black inclusion. But I love it. It was a graduation gift from my parents and that was the best quality of stone they could afford with the design I wanted in emerald (my birthstone). At first I was a little bothered by the flaws but now I love it and wear it with pride. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@joya_aspera:  

Those are really high stats in my opinion, you must be really colour and flaw sensitive!

The 1.01ct cushion I’m getting is a G, SI1 and couldn’t detect any flaws and it looked really colourless to me. 

 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

If the inclusion is very obvious, I would go for a smaller, better stone. You said you’re a size five, so with a halo the ring will look larger. (:

Post # 28
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Worker bee

I would talk to David from DBL before you make a decision and go from there. 

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper

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@Tphan:  “sensitive” is an odd word to me (we don’t usually use that word when talking about other things we notice), but yes, I can usually see them outside of the D/E, Fl-VVS range (and I have an F, VS1 myself so yes, I can see the color and inclusion in mine, but just barely, so it is my comfort point.)

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@joya_aspera:  

I suppose it is an odd word, but it’s used in other contexts like how some people are really sensitive to fragrances/scents, or like when people get headaches they say they’re much more ligh sensitive? Lol so off topic, I know. 

Post # 31
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Bee Keeper

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@Tphan:  ha, true, and I tend to be one of the first to notice smells too… I’m detail-oriented for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess it’s just that “sensitive” also tends to imply “opposite of hardy”…like “allergic” or something, and I consider myself pretty hardy, so I don’t consider myself “sensitive” to details, just “aware” of them.  I’m not allergic to inclusions at all ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry to derail OP, I’ll keep back on topic now ๐Ÿ™‚

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