(Closed) Engagement ring: Very good cut sparkly enough?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kathi23:  I’d get the better cut and go down one grade in color.

Post # 4
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

I would go for excellent cut and G color myself. I’m color sensitive, but the excellent cut will probably show less color. 

Check out the HCA of the diamond in question and see how it does:


There are some very good cuts that perform as well as, or similar to, excellent cuts, but not many. Is this diamond in person or online? If it’s in person, go with the one that looks best to your eye (in natural lighting, not just jewelry store lighting). If it’s online, I would go for the excellent cut. 

Post # 5
6341 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’d probably go down in carat size as I’m colour-sensitive and wouldn’t want to go below F, but if that wasn’t an option, I’d compromise on colour and get the better cut.

Post # 6
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I used the HCA tool from Pricescope when I bought my diamond, it was between a 1ct E Triple Excellent, and an F .91ct Very Good Cut and then excellent polish/very good symmetry. The one I chose came out as “Excellent” and bettar than 99% of diamonds, and this was the F Very Good Cut. Oddly, I noticed the difference when I took both diamonds out in the sun, right next to eachother. The one I didnt like looked blue, and the one I bought was sparkly and clear. Everyone is different though, but I think the tool is REALLY helpful.


Post # 7
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a very good cut diamond (round brilliant) and have been very satisfied with it. I suppose I don’t have an ideal cut to compare it to though. Keep in mind that each diamond is different, and sometimes 2 stones with the exact same specs might not be the same as each other. You’re going to be looking at the diamond, not the specs.

I think in this case you should look at both diamonds and pick the one that is prettier to your own eye. I love my diamonds to have a teeny bit of colour, so I would get the lower colour. 

Based on the specs, it sounds lovely.

Post # 9
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

That’s a bit hard to see but if the depth says 62.2, table 57, crown angle 36, pavilion angle 40.2 like I think it does, this diamond scores 1.0 on the HCA, which is excellent. Are these diamonds at a local jeweler? If so, look at both with your eyes outside in natural light. An excellent HCA is indicative of excellent light performance (which is what cut determines) so there are some very good cuts that will have excellent light performance. 

Post # 11
1814 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I would go for the best cut possible, personally. There shouldn’t be a noticeable difference between a GIA- or AGS-graded F or G (GIA-graded G should be pure white when facing up in setting), and certainly not between VS1, VS2, or the vast majority of SI1s to the naked eye. IMO VS clarities are usually a waste of money because the only way you can tell them apart from most SI1s is under a loup and with a good knowledge of what you’re even looking for. Whereas a better cut’s sparkle/fire/brilliance should be noticeable to the naked eye – that is what matters.

This is all in theory, though, so if you are able to compare the options in person, go with the one you like better of course!

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