(Closed) Help Us Decide Which Diamond!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which Diamond should we pick?

    Diamond ONE

    Diamond TWO

    Diamond THREE

  • Post # 17
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    365 posts
    Helper bee

    If you post links to the certificates I might be able to help. 🙂

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    There is not enough information to choose with just what you’ve posted. You mention nothing about the depth, table, crown, pavilion, what type of inclusions there are or even a plot of them if it is available. I also suggest taking this to Pricescope. And they will tell you the same thing I did.

    Post # 19
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I go for cut the most.  Personally I would want a diamond w/an excellent cut.

    Post # 20
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    Bee Keeper

    None! Ideal or excellent cuts only for me. 

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    It’s really hard to choose a diamond without seeing it. Two diamonds with the same specs can look different. If you have the chance to see the diamonds in person, I would select the one that  looks best to you. Don’t worry so much about the exact specs. 

    Post # 22
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @BlondeMissMolly:  +1. I would always go with a smaller diamond that has an ideal cut.

    Post # 23
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    Blushing bee

    @Korenne:  In all honesty, I wouldn’t choose any of them. Cut is so important, a H SI2 ideal cut stone will always look better than a D IF stone with a very good cut. A very good cut isn’t very good at all. I’d strongly recommend sticking with either GIA Excellent or AGS Ideal cut graded stones. Those are the two strictest labs, others like EGL have a reputation for grading very softly.

    If you want something to think about (and have some time), watch this video in HD to see how super-ideal cut diamonds are supposed to look, and why cut matters. He compares stones of different cut GIA cut qualities. It’s even more interesting if you listen to it with the sound off at first. Many people will think the first two diamonds he shows are pretty sparkly and well cut, even though in reality its a low cut quality.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp94DI3xTA0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUEV7slr-i-VduBBnfv9MxhA

    Here’s a shorter one that specifically shows the differences between very good and excellent/ideal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJh5SH5fg3I

    If you’re looking for a comment on those stones (ex: why they aren’t ideally cut), post the pavilion and crown angles, table and depth % and girdle thickness (or rather, the GIA reports if you can). An inclusion plot would be nice too, to check whether there are any feather inclusions that are near the surface or girdle that might pose any structural risks (possible with SI2 stones). I’m with the PPs who recommended making a thread on Pricescope, diamond shopping involves much more than you think, so its best to have the experts there help you.

     

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2002

    @Korenne:  diamond 2 because G is going to be nearly colorless and it doesn’t have flouresecence. 

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would stay away from the strong flourescense.  Some light flourescence in near colorless stones can help improve the apparent color, but the strong flourescence can make the stone appear oily, which is not so good.  I would stay away from an extra thick girdle too.  It means that the stone will be slightly smaller face up than an average .71 with a thinner girdle.  From the specs alone it seems like #2 would be the best looking stone.

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