(Closed) Help a guy pick a ring

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What ring should I keep?

    .90 ct, I, VS1, very good cut (GIA)

    .71 ct, G color, VS1, super ideal cut, James Allen "true hearts" diamond (AGS)

  • Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Quality > quantity. Especially with diamonds. And frankly they look the same size anyway!

    Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    GIA for sure.

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee

    I voted for the bigger one or if you can propose and allow her to chose within the return/refund/grace period that would be cool + how thoughtful of you to show such attention to detail, this is so sweet

    Post # 19
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    I showed my fiancé and he said to go with the GIA certified and the cut and color are awesome. He did a lot of research when he was choosing a ring and I trust him! You can email him @ [email protected] if you have any questions. Good luck! 

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    The smaller actually look bigger, maybe because it sparkles more?

    Post # 21
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I vote for the second .71 CT option! They both visibily look the same size to me, the ideal cut makes it sparkle more and appear larger.

    Post # 22
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    Newbee

    GIA all the way! With the looser standards of AGS, could be similar in specs anyway. Great job!

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee

    My advice is to go with Diamond B. The sizes appear to be negligible, and that isn’t necessarily a good thing considering the near-20% difference. It suggests that Diamond A may be cut a bit deeper than it should be. Not only is the super-ideal a better cut, you’re getting better color as well.

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee

    I voted small one with better graded cut thinking that you were buying without seeing either stone.  

    If you actually have both stones side by side and you look at them in a variety of lighting (spotlight, sunlight, shade, in a dull corner, and under low light conditions) and you really can’t tell any difference between them in terms of sparkle and colour then go for the larger one. Cut grade isn’t a perfect guide. However, do make sure that you’re not just looking at the stone unders jeweller’s lighting. Even badly cut stones sparkle under jeweller’s lighting.

    If you get the chance compare a princess cut with a radiant cut.  The latter is a square cut with a very different look but in my opinion a more attractive one.

    If you want to compare how the different sizes of diamond will look on your fiancee’s finger go to http://www.diamdb.com

     

    Post # 25
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Beautiful ring!!! I love the princess cut, would definitely go with the GIA , both are beautiful so stick with the assurance of the GIA cert, Good luck with the proposal, hope to see the update soon

    Post # 26
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    Just commenting to add that the place we bought my diamond, Brian Gavin, specializes in super ideal cut diamonds and uses AGS exclusively. Their standards are comparable to GIA and they should provide a light performance grade. 

    I wouldn’t assume the two are pretty much equal in specs when they are a couple grades apart just because one is GIA and the other AGS. The two labs are essentially equivalent so id recommend not choosing the lower quality GIA solely because it is a GIA  

    Some light reading:

    GIA vs AGS Graded Diamonds – Which Gemological Laboratory is the Best?

    Post # 27
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

    When in doubt go for the better cut 🙂

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee

    I would pick the .9 for myself but I also like the idea of showing her both if you have the luxury. I would think it was cute if my boyfriend bought 2

    Post # 29
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    kevin8998 : diamond B. I see windowing with diamond A, which indicates light leakage and diminished sparkle. 

    Post # 30
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    They do face up the same. It is more likely that the larger diamond is deeper and the extra carat weight is not noticable because it is in the bottom of the stone. That said, the .71 will have more fire and face up similar to the larger.

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