(Closed) Hello Bees I need help with a diamond purchase!!!!

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Post # 46
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I agree that your current diamond is very large. I can understand wanting to go bigger, but not for this stone. If I were you, I’d actually look for a stone with at least a small amount of fluorescense to counteract the odd colors a poor cut can give off. I’d look at stones in a lower color grade but with a better cut. If you go SI2 clarity and a J or K in color with some fluoro, it could help you go up to a better cut, which would mask the color and the inclusions. 

There are cuts that aren’t considered ideal and score poorly on the HCA that I actually like. 60/60 stones fit into that category for me. I really like their look, despite them not being ideal by other people’s standards. So you might not have to automatically discount stones where the cut grade is not ideal, but you will have to be choosier.

And, of course, as you already know, the ONLY thing that matters in the long run is how you see it. This ring will be on your finger, not anyone else’s. You will be the one to look at it in all lightings and to enjoy it in quiet moments. If you love the look of a stone, you won’t even seek the opinions of others; you will know it should be yours. 

Post # 48
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Bee Keeper

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fcm16 :  There’s a big difference between solintery and hearts and arrows. This is hearts and arrows cutting:

Post # 49
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Helper bee

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owls :  bee, I recommend going to Pricescope for help!

Post # 50
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Busy bee

A cut grade is “fair” is actually quite terrible.  I wouldn’t spend my money on that diamond.  There are plenty of other options. I’d for sure go down in carat weight. No point in having a giant rock like that if it performs like frozen spit. A 2.5 ct ExExEx will be more eye catching and impressive than that diamond.  At the very least go for VG cut grade (though I personally won’t go below Ex).  Sorry, just my opinion.  If you love it and are happy with how it performs, that’s all that matters.  GL

 

ETA, this diamond is cut WAY deep and faces up much smaller than a well cut 4.01 ct diamond, so you are paying for weigh you cannot see.  It is also out of round.  

 

Post # 52
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

The one on the right looks considerably larger, at least from the angle you are showing them. While it is difficult to tell without a top down shot, the cut doesn’t look stellar on either one, but looks better on the right than on the left.

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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echomomm, right is definitely bigger looking. As for cut, hard to tell from that angle but I think the right one looks less splintery! 

Post # 55
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Busy bee

Agree with @echomomm.  Hard to tell based on the angle of the photo, but the one on the right appears to larger and “possibly” better cut.  But cut quality isn’t always obvious in photos.  Need to see a copy of the report for a better idea.  I have no further comment on the 4.01 ct you are considering. It is not a diamond I would ever consider.  If you have pics and copies of reports for other option, you should post them. GL

Post # 56
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Bumble Beekeeper

Basically impossible to tell anything from these angles. It also seems like you’re not holding the stone holders on the same plane so the one closest to the camera looks larger when the difference might not be that noticeable IRL. My vote is neither. If 4+ carats is your goal, but you already have a 3.5, I’d just keep saving until you can afford upgrading to a well cut 4+ carat. Doesn’t make sense to pour $ into an upgrade for a poorly cut stone when the size difference won’t be all that noticeable.

Post # 58
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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owls :  Good for you! Keep looking and you’ll find the perfect one for you 🙂

Post # 60
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givemesparkles :  pricescope is going to tell her she’s out of her mind to even consider it.

OP, you mentioned in another thread that you were looking for a 4-5 carat diamond and your budget was $30,000. I can tell you that’s just not going to happen, and if it does, that’s a really bad diamond. $30k gets you a beautifully cut 2+ carat D color diamond. Why not go in that direction? A perfectly cut colorless stone in a smaller carat weight is beautiful. Or add $10 -$20k to your budget and get a 4 carat J SI1. I post on PS and I recommend looking at their diamond search function to get an idea of what a GOOD diamond in that size costs. The other alternative is a lab diamond, which are now running at about half the price of a mined diamond. 

On PS the emphasis is on cut, and that really is what matters most. 

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