Low grade diamond or Forever One Moissanite?

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Post # 63
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

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FrizzyCleopatra :  You definitly don’t need to get VVS to get an eyeclean stone, and this would be a waste of your budget. But for a princess cut, I would not go down to a K unless you are okay with seeing visible colour in the corners.

I agree that you should likely focus on the center stone for now, and put most of your budget to that, as the setting is an easier upgrade to make down the road, and you won’t loose as much money.

If I were you, I would go the second hand route to really get the most bang for your buck, however, if you don’t want to do that, I would go slightly under 1CT like .96 so that you aren’t paying for the “1ct”

https://www.withclarity.com/diamond/2206081361?utm_source=rarecarat&utm_medium=cpc This option looks much nicer than the james allen ones for just a couple hundred more!

 

ETA: I believe the disadvantage of clarity enhanced is it may compromise the integrity of the diamond, or weaken it if you will…  

Post # 64
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Blushing bee

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FrizzyCleopatra :  If I were you, I would get the one carat princess cut Lightbox lab created diamond for $900 in the pendant and have a jeweler put it into a setting like you like. Working within your budget, that would leave you around $1100 for the setting. Very doable.

I have seen the Lightbox diamonds in real life and they are really beautiful and lots of sparkles, very nice quality, and lab created diamonds are real diamonds (just man made in a lab vs Earth made in the ground) and look exactly like natural diamonds to the naked eye, which it sounds like from what you said you’d be more happy with than a moissanite.

 I recently worked with an Etsy jeweler where I sent him my Lightbox diamonds, he removed them from their silver settings and made a custom ring setting for me exactly like the photos I sent him and it’s beautiful! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. You could go that route too.

Good luck! I hope you find something you love in your fiancés budget, but to answer your original question, I think you sound like you would be happier with a diamond.

Post # 65
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Bee Keeper

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FrizzyCleopatra :  ok, there’s two kinds of CE diamonds: laser drilled and fracture-filled. You do not want the fracture-filled or you may find yourself with an unsightly diamond a few years down the road. Laser drilled is fine. It will have a lower resale, but if you’re good with that it’s a viable alternative.

Far better than either is buying a preowned ring or diamond. The only deals in diamonds are in the secondhand market.

Post # 67
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

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FrizzyCleopatra :  

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1stdibs

you can also always check craigslist in your area!

Post # 68
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Bee Keeper

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Don’t buy off Ebay until you know what you’re doing. Trust me on this.

Post # 69
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Blushing bee

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FrizzyCleopatra :  Here you go 🙂

FYI Lightbox won’t send you a grading certificate, but a GIA researcher recently evaluated two different lightbox diamonds and found them both to be equivalent to a GIA color G and VVS2 clarity, with one being very good cut and the other being excellent cut. For $900 for a one carat diamond, that sounded good enough to me, and mine are just beautiful. Really white and total sparkle bombs and eye clean.

Post # 72
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Bumble bee

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FrizzyCleopatra :  There are some reviews and pictures of the 1 carat princess cut Lightbox diamond on Pricescope. The quality is not bad. Any competent jeweler should have no issues resetting the stone.

Post # 73
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Blushing bee

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FrizzyCleopatra :  Yes, I agree, any reputable jeweler should be able to reset a stone with no problem.

From what I understand, each diamond will be unique. However, DeBeers has the technology pretty perfected so each diamond should be of similar very nice quality. I don’t see them putting out any duds. But honestly, if I were you, I think I would order the one carat princess diamond and see it for myself, see what I think of it in real life and how it looks to my eyes and go from there. You really can’t go wrong because their return policy is great (free returns for 30 days, so long as it’s in new unworn condition), so if you don’t love the stone you receive, you can always return it.

Keep us posted with what you decide! 🙂 good luck!

Post # 74
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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abcxyzbee :  I second this! My lightbox blue diamond earrings are beautiful and sparkle like mad! Your ring is gorgeous!

Post # 75
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Blushing bee

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mrstodd2bee :  oh I’ve been so eyeing the blue diamond stud earrings! How would you describe the shade of blue? It’s very hard to tell from the website. Do you happen to have a photo you wouldn’t mind sharing?

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