Post # 1
I have been reading on here for a while and trying to find similar advice but nothing really met my situation. I’m trying to make a decision on a diamond for my engagement ring but can’t decide which way to go. The ring is going to be a simple round halo. We have looked at diamonds but not much. She made comments that she loved the carat but also says she doesn’t want it to be obvious imperfections or yellow. Here are the diamonds I’m looking at, some certified 1.5 with great quality and some 2 with compromising either color or clarity. What are your thoughts (price is approx after tax with ring)…
1.51 H si1 very good cut Gia cert for $13,000 beautiful but felt small…
1.6 K si2 excellent cut Gia cert for $10,500
2 L si2 very good cut Gia cert for $11,200 I really didn’t notice the yellow too much but it could have been the lighting
2.02 F I1 not certified for $10,500 imperfections not too bad on the table but one cloud on the edge that we might be able to hid a little with a prong.
Any suggestions or recommendations are greatly appreciated! Looking to make a decision Friday so kind of a short time span…
Post # 2
Go ask the rockytalky experts on pricescope!
Post # 3
Firstly, the last two options are out, period. Your decision is with the first two.
If you are going with a white metal setting, a diamond with a yellow tint is going to be VERY apparent. I was extremely color sensitive and if she is too, she’ll notice. You are safe with a GIA certified H for color but a K is a huge risk.
At the same time a very good cut will not sparkle quite as much as an excellent cut. That’ll be a compromise you’ll need to accept. A 1.5 ct in a halo is in no way small at all and the difference between a 1.5 and a 1.6 is not noticeable in a stone that large.
Post # 4
What is your budget? I wouldn’t choose any of the stones you listed. 1. Cut is the most important factor in my opinion. I will never get a stone that’s not excellent cut. 2. I’m not color sensitive at all. I can’t tell difference from color G to I but can tell K is a little bit wamer. Size between 1.5ct and 1.6 is very similar. 3. I can tell L has a little yellow tint so I wouldn’t get a stone that has lower color than I or J. 4. There is no cut grade. Also, visible imperfections bother me so I will never get a stone with lower than Sl2. If you want a large stone, try to fine a stone around 2ct like 1.8ct-2ct with I color, SI2 and excellent cut. If that is out of your budget, try to find a stone around 1.4ct – 1.5ct, with I color SI2 and excellent cut and put a halo for a bigger look.
Post # 5
You haven’t given us enough information to really steer you in the right direction. We need the Table, Depth, Crown and Angle measurements to know whether the diamonds have the best proportions to perform well. Of course, you may not wish to be so detailed in your search and that’s fine. But for thirteen thousand dollars I’d want to make sure I’m getting the best stone. Where are you shopping? Four choices is not very many options.
Post # 6
getupkid : Here’s are couple I found with ideal proportion, good color and clarity. You’d have to ask sellers to be sure they’re eye clean. You could add a halo setting setting from James Allen for around $1,200 or see if your jeweler would set your stone. Whiteflash settings are slightly higher.
1.64 carat, I, SI1, True Hearts Ideal
Here’s another from Whiteflash. It meets their ACA criteria (A Cut Above) and should be beautiful!
1.6, I, VS2, $12,975 Hearts and Arrows
Post # 7
The color of the diamond will be more obvious when you put it in a halo, and the size will also feel larger because of the halo. So I would be looking for GIA certified H color or better diamonds with excellent or very good cut, and no lower than SI2.
Post # 8
Agree with PP. Definitely create an account on Procescope and ask for suggestions of diamonds in your price range with your preferred specs.
And do not go with any of these options! Excellent/Ideal cut from either AGS or GIA is a MUST.
Since you’re putting the stone into a halo, you’ll need to go higher on color than you would need to if it were a solitaire. This is because the lower you go in color for the center stone, the more contrast there will be between that stone and the melee in the halo, which is usually D-G in color.
So, in your shoes, my minimum specs would be:
Cut: Excellent/Ideal (Whatever the highest is for that certificate/vendor)
Color: H, maaaaybe I, if she doesn’t mind seeing a hint of contrast with the halo
Clarity: SI1 (but you’ll need the vendor/pricescopers to confirm it’s an eye-clean SI1)
Post # 9
Thanks everyone!!! So I put one diamond on hold ready to order it but wanted to get your opinion on the two, both GIA Cert. Thoughts?
1.83 J VS2 – $10,730
1.85 J VVS2 – $9,790
Post # 10
getupkid : I would lean toward the first stone if it were going in a solitaire, but the fluroescence of the second stone will help the J color appear whiter which is better for a stone going into a halo. That being said, I’m iffy on it being a strong blue fluroescence – a little fluro is good but strong blue may make the stone appear milky or hazy. Definitely something I would want to see in person.
What is your budget?
Post # 11
getupkid : that 1.5 GIA is overpriced. Mine is a 1.5 Si1 F color, and the stone alone was about 9k I think
Post # 12
Ok, got the diamond in and should be ready to pick the ring up tomorrow. Went with the 1.83 J VS2. Beautiful, barely see the inclusion with the loop. A small hint of yellow but for the price I think it is a great diamond. This is it setting in top of the prongs, I’ll post again when I get it back set! Thanks for all y’all’s help!!
Now I just need to work on the proposal!!! And ideas? Want to do it Saturday, we’re flying to Disney on Sunday to spend time with her family.
Post # 13
Congratulations! It’s beautiful!
Post # 14
getupkid : It looks great and I’m sure she’ll love it! Congratulations.