I got my James Allen ring BUT….

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Newbee

I also think it’s because of the color and clarity. I looked at the video and it looked a little hazy to me, not as much as the picture you first posted. But, remember jewelers take their pictures and videos in the best possible lighting. 

I’d just send it back. Their return policy is amazing anyway. 🙂

Post # 19
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250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

ieatcarats :  Agree with posters above – Inclusions.  If Inclusions are grouped together in one spot, or if there’s a feather or cloud in your stone, it can make the diamond appear foggy or milky in areas.The inclusions stop the light from entering the stone and bouncing it back into sparkle.

Post # 20
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Worker bee

You went to Kay’s under jewelry lighting – if you bring yours in that store, trust me yours would sparkle WAY MORE. 

Regardless, as others have pointed out, SI2 is very tricky and it is quite tedious but not impossible to find an eye clean SI2 – your report doesn’t have all the inclusions as they don’t include that for under a carat, just the dimensions. 

Don’t be offended by all means, but JA is really fair in their pricing and if you are unhappy, I would def exchange and maybe go down to .7 carats and up the clarity 🙂 I would be very annoyed about a fingerprint regardless. 

either way, I think it is very pretty but what is most important is that you are happy with it!try posting on pricescope for recs from people there, they are amazing and can help you find some options for a well priced heart that performs better!!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

How is the cut? I know fancy cuts aren’t graded but the cut still has the largest impact on the sparkle. I have an oval and it has a shallow cut so in certain lighting it’s not as brilliant as others, I was bothered by it at first but I realized I loved my stone too much to exchange it and I liked all its other characteristics. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

The ones at Kay’s looked better because of the jewelry store lighting. To really compare you’d have to look at both rings side by side. 

I don’t see the cloudiness in your pictures or in the James Allen images, but it’s not impossible that a SI2 with colorless inclusions like that could be cloudy. 

If you’re looking to switch the stone, this one might be a good choice: https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/heart-shaped/0.80-carat-k-color-vs1-clarity-sku-2169351

Post # 24
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48 posts
Newbee

I looked at the GIA report for your diamond. Any haziness you see will be due to the cloud inclusion listed. 

When we were shopping for a diamond, we were told to avoid purchasing any with cloud inclusions. Since JA has a 30 day return policy, you can exchange it. I would suggest consulting with their diamond inspectors while shopping, as they’ll be able to tell you what is eye clean. 

The color will have no bearing on haziness or clouds (and it’s extremely rare that fluorescence would cause millkiness or oiliness, not that it applies to your stone) 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

ieatcarats :  Go for a better clarity if you want that sparkle.  Yes it will be smaller but atleast it will shine the way you want it to.  If you keep this one you will continue to be diappointed in the lack of brilliance whenever you look at your hand. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee

ieatcarats :  Without meaning to offend, would you consider a moissanite in lieu of a diamond? If sparkle is what you seek, a J SI2 diamond doesn’t really provide the visual aesthetics as you’ve noticed. If JA has a good return policy, it might be worth at least looking into. I had an H SI1 princess cut diamond that was VERY dull compared to my moissanites. I eventually gave it to my daughter. After discovering moissanite, I will never wear diamonds again. Whatever you end up doing, I hope you find something that you are happy with.

Post # 28
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321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I think you should contact JA and let them know you’re not happy with the stone and why. As far as I’m concerned, you’re spending enough on the ring and it should be perfect, and definitely not hazy. Good luck.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

ieatcarats :  

Do they have any other heart cut stones of the same size and clarity?? You could always look for one that is the same size and clarity, and compare the inclusion types… keeping away from clouds and feathers. 

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