Post # 17
GIA I’s are not yellow. You won’t really see any yellow until you hit K. Plus the addition of strong blue fluorescence probably makes it about as white as the G. It’s a VS1 – can’t ask for better than that, cut is ideal… between those two, I’d go with the larger stone.
Post # 18
No question – I’d go for the 2.5. Better clarity and significantly larger. But I’m not color picky. I absolutely love my L.
Post # 19
This lady has one of the most popular, gorgeous and awesome rings on the internet. All of her stones are “J” in color. Don’t get hung up on the color scale.
Post # 20
photos really are not a good way to judge color. Many aspects of gems look different in photos than real life but color maybe most of all (making colored gemstone buying pretty much insanely infuriating).
Post # 21
If you buy the stone from online what’s their return policy if you do not like the stone?
Post # 23
the G stone has better optics. The 60.9 depth and crown combo are going to reflect more light. The I color will appear more dark in the center because there’s more head body shadow from the depth.
I have nothing against fluorescence, but to advise u, the Gsi1 retains its value much more. U won’t be able to see a .5mm difference since the 2ct is spready and the 2.5 doesn’t measure as large as others. But best of luck!!!
Post # 24
Thank you for posting that info. The reason I asked for it is to use the HCA calculator
. This is a helpful little calculator to assess the cut of the diamond beyond just ideal/excellent, VG, G, etc. It’s not a fool proof way of looking at stones, but it is helpful to use to help rule out potential stones. So for example, your G color stone scores a 1.3 and your I color stone scores a 2.7. The goal is for the score to be <2. So based on this, I’d rule out the I color stone.
With an SI1 in that large of a stone, there is a chance YOU may be able to see the inclusions. I stress the YOU because odds are you’ll be staring closely at your stone while people oogling at your gorgeous new e-ring won’t be looking that closely. It’s true that they say SI1s should be eye clean, but as I said, in a stone as large as you’re looking at, there’s still a chance you may be able to see the inclusions. Me personally? It wouldn’t bother me much if I really wanted a 2 ct and it was within my budget.
If you don’t mind sharing your budget and what exactly you want (carat, color, clarity), I can certainly search around online to find you so other lovely stones!
Post # 25
I would never sacrifice color for size. Bigger doesn’t equal better in this case. I went with a .38 colorless (D, VVS1) and am amazed at just how colorless it actually is. I’ve owned diamonds that are H and K, and let me tell you – the difference IS noticable. Out of your two choices, hands down I’d say the 2ct G color.
Post # 26
Hm, this is a toughie. My priorities are cut, clarity, then tie between colour and carat. The larger stone would score 3/4 and the smaller would score 2/4. Strong fluorescence is generally not a good thing but because the larger stone is I colour, it will counteract some of the yellow undertones, so it can actually work in your favour. I’d personally keep looking but if I had to choose, I’d probably pick the larger one and have it set as a solitaire (since it’s large already, and to avoid having the colour contrast with other stones in the setting).
Post # 27
@bluerose88: Fluorescence may have the effect of making the I colour appear whiter which is a plus. Personally, I am a huge fan of fluorescence.. its s fascinating to me. I’m not sure about very strong fluoro though.. never seen it in person before. I also like the size of that stone… and shrinkage does set it. Good luck!
Post # 28
I’m going to choose a diamond to be set with a halo setting, which is a special order therefore non-refundable. I thought about having them send a diamond and send it back after checking it in person but I’m currently living outside the US so it’s not easy with all the trouble with customs…
Post # 29
Thank you.. That’s very useful info!
Post # 30
Thank you for your input.. And it’s very kind of you to offer to look for alternatives!
My budget is $20,000 for the diamond.
Carat… I would like 2ct or more.
Clarity.. I don’t care as long as (mostly) eye-clean.
Color… I was initially thinking about H or more.
I attach a picture of the 2ct diamond.
Post # 31
I’d go with the 2.5 I color. I really don’t think you’ll be able to see any yellow in it and the clarity is much better.