Interested in getting my SO a halo ring!! *Help needed*

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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1470 posts
Bumble bee

Oh my gosh, ignore the people here who are trying to scare you.  She literally designed it online with you as a “joke”… you know what she would like!

James Allen is great, so is where I got mine – Adiamor.com.  Good on you for going the onilne route; save so much money (and get a bigger stone) for not going to Kay or Jared or those chain stores.  Adiamor had amazing customer service.  

I vote go for the round with a halo, and try for a G or H color at the highest (any higher is a waste of money in my opinion, can’t tell the difference in person).  Work with a customer service rep to find the best diamond that spans the most – be careful, some carats are very DEEP and don’t look any bigger on the hand.  

Best of luck!!

Post # 17
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1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

JA is a good source, but don’t rely on their customer service to choose a diamond. They suck at it. Once you have selected a few diamonds in your budget and meet the below criteria, post your budget and potential stones over on Pricescope/RockyTalky. They will help you find a stunning stone for your selected setting. 

 

Round Diamond 101 from PS and my own experience. 

Summary — Within the cut parameters below, HCA below 2, “eye-clean”, G/H (modern round) down to I/J (super-ideal), certified by GIA, AGS or HRD only. 

Details

Cut: This is the most important element of making a diamond sparkle. The actual way the facets are cut and interact is what makes a stone shine or not. Only accept “Excellent” or “Ideal” on the certification. The cut grade provides a single rating that weighs the combined impact of facet shapes and angles, girdle width, culet size, polish, and symmetry. But, it is subjective to a point. 

These measurements stay in ideal-cut territory of a GIA excellent cut round stone. They should be on the website for round or on the certification.

  • table: 54-58
  • depth: 59-62.3
  • crown angle: 33.5-35.0*
  • pavilion angle: 40.6-40.9 (sometimes 41.0)*

*And the crown and pavilion angles must be complementary which is what the HCA checks for you.

 If a stone fits those numbers, then run it through the HCA tool. This is an exclusion tool, but it will eliminate any round that will be an automatic no. http://www.pricescope.com/tools/hca;  You want to see Excellent on light return, fire, and scintillation, and very good on spread. An overall score of 2.0 or lower means a diamond is worth exploring further (but a 1.0 isn’t necessarily better than 1.9).

Clarity: You want an ‘eye clean’ stone as stated by a gemologist if you are looking at a SI1, SI2. VS2 is ‘safe’ if a gemologist is not involved.

Color: This is personal, but if you set the J in yellow or rose gold, the body color should be minimally visible. Setting it in white gold/platinum (or with a halo of higher color diamonds) will offer your eye a visible contrast and can make the body color more obvious. I personally stick with G/H in modern rounds for platinum/white gold. The only J I would place in platinum would be one of a few super-ideal branded diamonds (e.g., High Performance Diamonds, BrianGavin Blue, etc.).

Flourescense: None, fair or medium. Avoid strong fluorescence in D,E,F or VeryStrong on G or H. Fluorescence is a cool effect in diamonds, but can contribute to haziness.

Certification: GIA, HRD, AGS are the best. EGL, IGS and most others are very soft. Assume you are looking at a color 2 lower and clarity 1 lower (at least) for non-GIS/HRD/AGS when compared to a GIA stone.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee

Since she cares are color and sparkle, definitely prioritize cut (if working on James allen, go Ideal or True hearts) and prioritize color (If she is very color sensitive, maybe focus on H or better). If your budget is in that range, I would definitely go the online route because you will save a lot of money. 

Depending on the setting you choose, I’d say you’d be able to get ~.8 carat center if you are also concerned with clarity (the ability to see inclusions such as crystals or feathers on the diamond). Like others have said, some women do not care about inclusions and therefore you would be able to get a bit larger of a center stone. 

Just another piece of advice, when I built mine on JA I chose only GIA (personal preference) and I also focused on the dimensions of the diamond more so than the carat weight.. I have seen 1 carat diamonds that face up to have the same dimensions as .9 and vice versa, but there is a huge difference in price. 

 

Sorry that is a lot of words but I am just so excited for you!

Post # 19
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915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

groom2be86 :  Wow congratulations! This is such an exciting time for the 2 of you! I myself have a size 6 to 6 1/2 finger (depending on the width of the ring) and my ring is still being made so I’m not much help. But I did just design a custom ring and oversee the process for my sister whose ring is an 8.5. The center is a 7mm cushion, the halo adds about 2mm around so it’s got great coverage! I’m sure you’re not looking for a pink sapphire halo, but you get the idea! Lol

Post # 20
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431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

groom2be86 :  I highly suggest you check out @diamondboi on Instagram. He is an insanely talented jeweler in Toronto Ontario who makes the most amazing halo rings!! He also does custom work, like incorporating initials, making different basket shapes, etc. 

 

 

 

Post # 22
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915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

groom2be86 :  Forgot to mention mine and my sister’s rings are made by David Klass. He’s an amazing jeweler with even more amazing prices and craftsmanship! This is a thread about him that was made a couple months ago. 

DAVID KLASS! RINGS, CADS, EVERYTHING. PICTURES WELCOME! (THE MORE THE BETTER)!

You can see lots of his CADs and read about other bees’ experiences with him. On the last page, another bee made an update about her wife’s ring being done and shipping out today. It’s a round halo and absolutely gorgeous!

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

groom2be86 :  So you’ve mentioned that for you the sparkle and shine are important. That would be down to the cut mostly. But what is more important for her? You’ve also said she’s not flashy. In that case I’d warn you away from going large on the stone. It’s sweet that you want to get her something substantial, but if she doesn’t like flashy things, she might not want a large stone.

Does she use her hands a lot? (teaching, crafts, outdoors stuff, etc) If so, I’d recommend getting something slightly smaller and set lower. It will get in the way if it’s set high up. If you’re going large, I’d recommend getting a ring where the stone is set flush with the halo. There are some halos where the center stone sits very high above the ring and it seems less practical and more flashy to me.

You said she designed a ring with you for fun. Did she make comments about it? If you want to keep it subdued, but still a halo you could do a plain shank on the ring (no diamonds on the band)

Post # 24
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431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

groom2be86 :  No I haven’t. I just followed him on Instagram for a couple years and then finally was able to upgrade! 🙂

Post # 25
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587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

 

Here’s a shot of my halo! Size 7.5 (so close to your projected size) and infinity wrap style sides. Also, the center stone is a half carat diamond. I adore my ring, undoubtedly your gf will too! Hope this helps 🙂

 

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