Lab Diamond- Am I being ripped off???

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

As long as you get the A-OK from your local jewelers, I’d say it’s a good deal. The diamond price calculator is for natural diamonds, but you can still get somewhat of an idea by taking that price and subtracting 30% or so. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2002

bklyn18 :  It is a lab grown diamond and should have the same physical properties of a mined diamond. The price is incredible for the carat weight! It does make me a bit leary. Do you have the proportions of the diamond? Table, Depth, Crown Angle, Pavillion Angle? If so you use the HCA tool. I would use it to evaluate the stone you have against any others you’re considering. Ultimately, something that scores between a 1 and 2 has potential.

https://www.pricescope.com/tools/hca

It looks great in the photos you’ve posted! But when you tilt the stone slightly does it go dark in the middle? It looks like it’s about to in some of the photos. This would indicate light leakage and less than ideal proportions. Ultimately, your eyes are what matter, but I would try to view it in as many lighting situations and at as many angles as possible to determine whether or not you love it.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - New York, New York

It’s very difficult to tell the difference between diamond and moissanite (naked eye or electronic diamond detector), especially in the round brillant cut. To demonstrate this, a reporter took a 1-ct. moissanite ring to 10 jewelers in the Washington, DC, area and asked them to estimate the value. Five of the jewelers were fooled by the moissanite and thought it was a diamond. One jeweler used an electronic diamond detector and didn’t even realize it was moissanite. I would be very careful about which jewelers you get an opinion from!

Post # 22
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661 posts
Busy bee

bklyn18 :  It sounds like you’re happy with your choice, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it if you are comfortable with your purchase. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

D.Nea is very reputable in the lab created world. What are the proportions of the stone? Crown and Pavilion angle, Depth and Table%. There is a lot of leakage under the table.

Most of their diamonds, they are 60/60 type stones. So, a really good photo and ASET are important.

 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

bklyn18 :  Those numbers look great. The 34.5/41.1 with a 55% table would be AGS Ideal. The depth is a bit high, which is why the HCA rated it low, but I can see it would be lovely. WHEW! Good find.

Post # 28
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204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2002

bklyn18 :  Congratulations! You have reason to be very very pleased!

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