Post # 1
My first post and I need your advice! My boyfriend recently purchased my engagement ring from James Allen…..He did let me pick out the diamond that I wanted and ever since then I have been non-stop on the ring board looking at everyone who posts pictures with their specs. I’m starting to think I may have picked the wrong diamond When I look at the other ones on the site now, I feel they are more sparkly and I think mine might appear dull – not sure I’m getting too paranoid and overthinking since he bought it without seeing the diamond in person. I’m just not sure if I sacrificed too much of the quality for a bigger carat.
Post # 2
Congrats on your almost engagement! Honestly, to me the diamond in the link looks a little
dull – especially up close. But when I zoom out it looks much more sparkly. Either way, its a beautiful stone, a lovely size, and is probably going to look great it its setting, on your hand.
I can definitely understand the anxiety. My boyfriend picked a setting and let me make custom changes to it – the second I made my changes and the ring was ordered I instantly had “picker’s” remorse thinking I should have done this or that differently. (Seeing everyone else’s rings on Facebook and on these boards don’t help either!)
Post # 3
The kind of cushion you picked is probably going to give you more dispersed, twinkly sparkles rather than the bigger flashes of a more chunky-cut modern cushion. This isn’t bad, it’s just one of many types of cushion cuts. Has the diamond been set already?
Post # 4
It’s because it’s cut too deep (over 70%), so it isn’t as brilliant and sparky. Is it possible to swap the diamond with another one on their website with a better cut? The depth will mean it faces up smaller anyway, so you won’t be sacraficing size if you go down to a well cut 1.80 carat.
Post # 5
I’m so glad you know what I’m feeling – I think the waiting is making it worse lol I’m sure your ring looked beautiful once you saw it!
Diamond has been set in a halo w/ micro pave. Not sure if that will help give a little more sparkle or make it stand out that it has less sparkle
Post # 6
Are you planning to set it in yellow gold? The J will be quite warm and I’d also be a little nervous about the depth. Is there a return policy? I think it’s best to decide in person especially because cushions don’t have regulated cut grades like RBs
Post # 7
They have a return policy on it that I can exchange/return if I’m not satisfied.
That info was so helpful – I kept looking at other diamonds and had no idea why it was sparkling as brilliant since it didnt have any visible inclusions. If you look at the size and what not – do you feel a 1.8 really is similar? I’d rather have a beautiful sparkle and smaller carat…but not too small 😉 lol
Post # 8
White Gold. Normally I wasn’t a fan of J bc of the warmth, but I felt this one didn’t look too warm so thats why I went down a grade or two to get the bigger diamond….guess that wasnt the best move to make
Post # 9
You will absolutely not be able tell the difference by going down a tenth of a carat. Quality over size all day.
Post # 10
Actually the diamond is only 0.01% too deep (the depth is 70.1%), so the difference is not significant. There is a range of acceptable depths in stones, this is cut on the deep side, but it shouldn’t majorly affect the sparkle of the stone. Anyway, the range of “optimum depth” is often subjective. The biggest effect of the depth of the stone will be the face-up size, which will be smaller than a stone with less depth, but cushion cuts are renowned for having a smaller face-up size than other cuts anyway, as I’m sure you know.
You get a much better view of the quality of the stone online with a 360 degree view and 20x zoom than you would in a store with bright lights, looking at a stone that’s been already set.
In my opinion the stone is perfectly fine and don’t let anyone make you doubt your choice! I’m sure you will be blown away when it’s on your finger!
Post # 11
This website is super duper helpful, it shows size comparisons, gives you info on the mesurements, etc. http://www.diamdb.com/
Post # 12
Cushions are deep; it’s the nature of the cut. There are no standards for cushion cuts as there are for round (and princess). It’s a modern cut cushion and has a “crushed ice” appearance. Some people like that, some don’t. An antique (or August Vintage) cushion has chunky flashes of light. The clarity is just fine at VS2. Color is a matter of preference, not quality. The DEF colors are more rare, thus they cost more. A J color stone will probably have some warmth, particularly from the side. That is not necessarily a bad thing, there are some who like that. Have you asked for an ASET image? That will tell you how it reflects light – which is the most important factor.
Post # 13
I’m another one for quality over carat size. The bigger the diamond the more you can see the inclusions if the cut isn’t just right. I had a SI2 J color in the past. It was nice, but not that sparkly and also a bit cloudy like your image (it was about 1 carat). I now have a 1-carat SI1 I color. My I is sooooo sparkly – I never noticed the difference till I swapped.
If I was you I’d go up in everything else, but go down in the carat size. Another idea is to get a Forever One from Moissanite Co. – since they will be whiter, more sparkly, and a larget size for a lesser price.
Post # 14
Especially if you’re putting it in a halo, going down a bit in size won’t be noticeable, but cut quality will be.
If you do exchange, maybe look for something like this. They’re good examples of the modern cushion that’ll give bigger flashes I mentioned in my last post:
Post # 15
Yes and No. The diamond you gave a link for is good, but not what I would call very good, excelent, exceptional, or extraordinary.
If you are having doughts, you should contact James Allen customer service. You could request to view the diamond before waisting the time and money of setting the stone. If you find a diamond among their listing that you prefer, I would recommend contacting James Allen customer service.
I like these cushion shape diamonds. Square cushion is my preference over rectangular cushion. It might be just me, but I think you can get better light return with a very good cut square cushion. Square cushion is also more pleasing to my eyes.
J VVS1 1.85 ct http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.85-carat-j-color-vvs1-clarity-sku-779507
J VS2 1.85 ct http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.85-carat-j-color-vs2-clarity-sku-393495
K VVS2 1.91 ct http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.91-carat-k-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-807457
K VVS1 1.75 ct http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.75-carat-k-color-vvs1-clarity-sku-876915
For max carat wieght I like this one K VS1 2.01 ct http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/2.01-carat-k-color-vs1-clarity-sku-647588 .