(Closed) Does this sound like a good diamond? (detailed specs – Blue Nile)

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Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

This would likely be a pretty stone but youd have to hold it in your hand with an S1 stone.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I bought a diamond from Blue Nile and sent it back because it looked dark in the middle despite being an excellent cut, etc.

Blue Nile list diamonds from bank vaults all around the world. When you choose a diamond it is sent to you directly from the vault but Blue Nile staff never see it.  This is known as ‘ship drop’. 

If you choose a diamond with an excellent cut then you increase the chances of a diamond being a pretty and sparkling one but it isn’t a guarantee.

I was probably unlucky because other bees have had good diamonds from them.

If you aren’t happy with your diamond then return it.

I bought from Whiteflash.  They have gemologists to check their ‘A Cut Above’ range.  I’d also recommend Brian Gavin.  I’ve seen some lovely diamonds of his both on this site and on Pricescope.  You pay a little more but you do have the benefit of someone checking that it is an attractive stone.  

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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beemcgee:  I agree that it sounds pretty. I’d personally like to see it to make sure I couldn’t see anything even if they came back and said it was eye clean. SI1 stones can vary quite a bit. I have a SI1 stone and can’t see a thing but looked at some that had noticable inclusions. As far as flouresence, my diamond actually has a strong one and I only notice it under UV lights. It doesn’t make it look cloudy or anything like that. I do think it’s possible that it helps make my H colored stone look whiter, but maybe that’s just me.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

It definitely sounds pretty, but I agree that you’d have to see the SI1 stone in person because they can vary. Also do you know if you’ll be getting it set in white/yellow/rose gold? The yellow or rose gold might make the I coloured diamond look a little yellow, whereas the white gold it would probably be fine.

I got my diamond from blue nile and it turned out perfect and they have awesome customer service so I definitely recommend them as a company! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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beemcgee:  It does sound like it would be a pretty diamond. I wouldn’t be too concerned about the colour, an I is still a pretty decent colour on it’s own. With the faint floresence and excellent cut it will appear even whiter than some of the same colour grade. My main concern would be with the clarity, SI can vary greatly between eye clean or ones that have a inclusion that be hidden with a prong to obvious black inclusions and I would be concerned if it had a feather inclusion and where it was. I would want to know where these inclusions were at the very least before buying, in person if it was at all possible. I have heard some bees email Blue Nile for photos of the diamond, don’t know whether it’d be at all possible with this? Personally I prefer James Allen for diamonds because you get a 360 image of the actual diamond you are looking at.

Edit (Just saw your last comment): Being from the UK also I can definitely understand on why you want a good company and a way to avoid all the custom charges. Have you considered a place called Samara James? Based in the UK, made my ring and are amazing and a hell of a lot cheaper than most places around here, they let you individually choose your diamond and have a lot of settings to choose from as well as amazing custom rings. They brought my heart shaped diamond all the way in from Antwerp just for me to look at it, very good.

And by the way they are totally lying to you on you not being able to see inclusions with a diamond of that size. With my original e-ring I was proposed with was a 0.33 round brilliant and had a pretty big and noticeable black inclusion and was quite close to the centre. That one was sent back because my fiance got the wrong sized ring and it came back with a different diamond and a different problem, it had a huge feather that took up like half across the diamond and was near the surface. One knock the wrong way and it would have snapped or cracked further, looked like a huge crack in the diamond. Inclusions can be seen in lower sized diamonds and if a bad feather can affect the structure of the diamond, just giving you a heads on it.

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Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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beemcgee:  Hi bee, I’m also in the UK and we’ve used Blue Nile for my e-ring, FI’s wedding band and my wedding band (both original and replacement following a burglary). The customer service has been impeccable and delivery so easy. As pps have said, you’ll want to see the stone in person to judge it but you could be on to a winner. I don’t imagine the return to be too difficult, if needed. Here’s mine with the new wedding band. My e-ring stone is a VS2 but it’s honestly one of the clearest I’ve seen. Always love seeing the princess cut star!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

I agree with other posters about S1 stones. You definitely have to see them in person. Have you looked at James Allen? Their prices are similar and they have pictures of each stone.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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beemcgee:  I agree w/PP about an Si1 stone, however, a .43ct diamond would really be hard to find inclusions in since it’s not a large stone. I would be be apprehensive about the I color also, my threshold for color & clarity is G/VS2. My diamond is a G and also has faint flourescence (sp..?) and it’s icy white. When DH was purchasing my diamond, he compared it to an H color (GIA) and felt the H was too warm in comparison to the G. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

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beemcgee:  I would highly recommend them! Amazing to work with, nothing was to much trouble for them and gives you the best advice and honest about it all. If anything they saved us money by trying to find us the best diamond for the money, they searched for my diamond everywhere and even looked in the New York market to find one that matches what I wanted. When they found some they actually shipped them in for us to look at and if we didn’t like them we could either leave or get them to keep searching, not pushy at all. I went to loads of jewellers who gave me a huge quote for the ring I wanted custom made, Ernst Jones want £7k! Samara James got us a better 0.51 vs2 heart diamond and did my ring hand crafted for £2k. So if you see something you like but maybe don’t like the price maybe get a quote from them because they can often do it cheaper.

Maybe it is eye clean and maybe not. All I do know is what they said is a lie and that’s from my first hand experience.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

eh, it depends on the price.

SI1 and thick girdle are both negative aspects (thick girdle means there’s some volume of the diamond that’s just “there”, but not actually increasing surface area or sparkle).  The rest sounds great.  If the return policy is good, I say go for it.

Also, my stone is a J color with medium fluoresence.. It’s still a noticably warm diamond most of the time.

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