(Closed) Game: You have up to $10,000 to spend on a diamond…

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What is your most important C?
    Carat : (26 votes)
    21 %
    Color : (16 votes)
    13 %
    Clarity : (30 votes)
    24 %
    Cut : (54 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
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    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I choose the 5th C…. Canadian. 🙂 The source of my diamond was my highest priority. FWIW, Blue Nile is super over priced on Canadian diamonds.

    Post # 4
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    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I generally go for color over the other C’s… here’s what I chose:

     

    Round

    1.13 Carat

    Ideal Cut

    D

    VS2

    Post # 5
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    3688 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Do you mind if I break the rules a little and go with James Allen? I like that I can see the pictures of the diamonds.

    http://www.jamesallen.com/#!/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.02-carat-e-color-vvs1-clarity-sku-145386

    http://www.jamesallen.com/#!/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.04-carat-d-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-145392

    I’m a big lover of antique cushion cuts, so I’d go with one of these two stones (although I find the color and clarity to be way overkill, but James Allen doesn’t have any other antique-cut cushions in this price range). I’d want to see an ASET first.

    If I could spend 10k on ANY diamond, however, I’d get one of the August Vintage Cushions or August Vintage Rounds from Good Old Gold:

    http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/9739/

    http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/9487/

    Post # 6
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    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Shape: Round

     

    Carat: 1.23

     

    Color: G

     

    Clarity: VVS2

     

    Cut: Ideal

     

    A good balance of each.

    carat – not really a priority other than the biggest that I can get when you factor in the other Cs (3rd most important)

    color – very important to me because I can see a bit of a grey tinge to anything over an H with my naked eye (1st most important)

    clarity – I can see some VS and SI with my eye so VVS or better (2nd most important because I had an engagement ring with a VS1 that was a carbon spot that I could totally see and it drove me crazy!  What made me really mad was that it was hidden when we first purchased the diamond because it was set into the band just right so that it was covered by a proing; they screwed up and turned it when they resized the band.

    cut – I have yet to see a poorly cut diamond on Blue Nile so I really didn’t worry about it (least important in regards to this site)

    Post # 7
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    14658 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @somethingaquamarine:  That’s exactly what I would pick also.  The largest caret I can get for ideal cut, as low as G/VS2.

    Post # 8
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    744 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Here’s my pick

     

    Shape: Rectangular Radiant

     

    Cut: Very Good

     

    Carat: 1.54

     

    Color: H

     

    Clarity: VVS1

     

     

     

    Other Comments: This diamond has the perfect measurements for ME (7.27×5.93×4.14mm)

     

    Post # 9
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    6355 posts
    Bee Keeper

    XXX with HCA less than 2, good F (not really possible to tell a good F from a bad F online though, might go for E to be safe if I can’t see it) good VS1 (similarly, very difficult to tell a good VS1 online, might go for VVS2 to be safe), no fluoro, and the exact carat will depend on what that budget buys at that vendor.

    Post # 12
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    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I guess cut would be my number one. I’d go with this one for $2116.

    Radiant
    .70ct
    very good cut 
    G
    VS2 

    I like warmer diamonds, G-H. Slightly elongated ratio (1.3), since I don’t really like the square radiants. 

    Post # 13
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    3204 posts
    Sugar bee

    I already have a round brilliant, so I “got” a fancy shape: 

    Very Good- cut 

    G-color 

    VS1-clarity

    Shape: Asscher

    Carat: 1.34

    OR

    Very Good-cut

    F-color

    VVS2-clarity

    Shape: Pear

    Carat: 1.31


    I don’t know if I *would* actually get this large of a stone, because I’ve tried on a few larger than mine and I don’t really like the size…but I might be swayed because I’ve never tried on and Asscher/Pear diamond

    Post # 14
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    3063 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Shape: Asscher

    Carat: 1.08 Ct (5.89×5.71)

    Cut: Signature Ideal

    Color: E

    Clarity: VVS2

    Price: $9,201

    I chose this stone because right now I am really into asschers. I went with the relatively modest (for the price limit) 1.08 carat weight, because with step cuts I feel as if any internal imperfections seem to be amplified due to the facets. Whereas with my usual favorite (rounds and cushions) I would likely choose lower color grade (H-J) and eye-clean to get a larger stone. I would still go with the best cut possible though. Smile

     

    Post # 15
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    2743 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    I chose color because if I had 10k and had to buy a diamond from blue nile I wouldnt get a white one :D. I want color here are my two selections :

    1. Gray Diamond 1.07 radiant: http://www.bluenile.com/fancy-gray-radiant-cut-diamond_c-LD02706345

    Stock number:

    LD02706345

    Price:

    $9,625

    Bank wire price:

    $9,481

    Price per carat:

    $8,995

    Carat weight:

    1.07

    Color:

    Fancy Gray

    Clarity:

    VS1

    Depth %:

    67.0%

    Table %:

    65.4%

    Polish:

    Good

    Symmetry:

    Good

    Girdle:

    Very Thick to Extremely Thick

    Culet:

    None

    Fluorescence:

    Faint

    Measurements:

    6.29 x 5.44 x 3.56 mm

    Length/width ratio:

    1.16

    2. Orange Brown aka Cognac Diamond 2.15 carat Asscher: http://www.bluenile.com/fancy-dark-orangish-brown-asscher-cut-diamond_c-LD02703322

    Stock number:

    LD02703322

    Price:

    $9,946

    Bank wire price:

    $9,797

    Price per carat:

    $4,626

    Carat weight:

    2.15

    Color:

    Fancy Dark Orangish Brown

    Clarity:

    SI1

    Depth %:

    63.0%

    Table %:

    75.6%

    Polish:

    Good

    Symmetry:

    Good

    Girdle:

    Very Thick to Extremely Thick

    Culet:

    None

    Fluorescence:

    Faint

    Measurements:

    6.98 x 6.77 x 5.12 mm

    Length/width ratio:

    1.03

    Post # 16
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    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d buy a cheap ring and put the rest towards a down payment on a house.

    as long as the ring is pretty, I don’t care much about that other nonsense

     

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