Post # 1
We’ve shortlisted a ring from Blue Nile and while I think I’m very happy with the diamond I was wondering if someone more knowledgeable than me can offer some insight before we buy it! It is S1 clarity but they are in the process of finding out if it is eye clean for me and have put it on hold (I’m fairly confident about their return policy as well, I’ve spoken to one of their advisors and customer service seems excellent.)
I have entered the table, depth, etc. into the HCA calculator and it came up as 1.7 – Excellent (which is rare compared to the other ones I’ve been looking through on our budget).
Carat Weight: 0.43
Length/Width ratio: 1
Girdle: Medium to Slightly Thick
Flouresence: Faint (I have read that with yellower diamonds such as this one a little floursence can be a good thing as it makes the stone look whiter, any thoughts?)
Measurements: 4.88 x 4.86 x 2.93 mm
As for the detailed HCA scores:
Light Return: Excellent
Fire: Very Good
Scintillation: Very Good
Total Visual Performance: 1.7 – Excellent
Any thoughts anyone? Thanks bees! 🙂
Post # 2
This would likely be a pretty stone but youd have to hold it in your hand with an S1 stone.
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
How was your experience returning your ring? I’m OK with the possibility of it having to be returned as long as the process isn’t too much of a hassle. I’ve spoken to one of their advisors today and the customer service appeared to be excellent so that gave me some confidence. For us going with blue nile instead of other vendors is mainly the convenience as they are the only ones that have a UK store. It’s not just customs etc. with other places but the hassle of returning it overseas if we’re not happy with it. They are in the process of getting back about whether or not it is eye clean at the moment from the provider so I guess if we go with it we’re going to have to trust them – until we see it that is! I wondered about the other factors though. By the way your ring is beautiful 🙂
We are going with white gold. I guess we will just have to see about inclusions even if they do say it is eye clean! The advisor I spoke to on the phone seemed to think that with a SI1 stone as small as this you can rarely ever see inclusions. They do seem really great in terms of customer service which is why I’m thinking of taking a leap and going with the SI1, I figure if I have to return it it won’t be too much of a problem.
Post # 7
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.
Post # 8
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
- 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 # 10
We didn’t consider James Allen and others because we are based in the UK and don’t really want the fuss of having to return it overseas if we don’t like it, whereas returning it to blue nile in the case that they say it is eye clean but it turns out not to be – would be much easier. Basically want to give blue nile a chance before we take the more complicated route!
Post # 11
Ooooh thank you! I had not heard of Samara James and somehow they did not come up in my research at all! I will have a look!
Hmmm I did wonder how big of a grain of salt to take with her advice about not being able to see inclusions in stones that size… I guess I’ll wait till they get back on whether it is eye clean or not for a start!
Post # 12
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
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 # 14
Your rings are both so beautiful! Do you mind me asking what size your e-ring stone is? It looks so perfect on your finger 🙂
Post # 15
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.