My ring looks worse in jewelry stores…

posted 5 months ago in Rings
Post # 17
194 posts
Blushing bee

It is sad but true that GIA Triple X is too broad a range and not all GIA Triple X are created equally or will perform at the same level.  The reason is mostly due to cutting the diamond to reach carat weight, which is generally most important to buyers, rather than for maximum performance.  To get the best performance stick to GIA Triple X with the proportions @pinkflamingos noted above or with AGS 000.  

Post # 18
3917 posts
Honey bee

You’ve learned something, so if you buy another round diamond or trade yours in, you will know much more. Many young couples are not knowledgeable regarding stones, and thus are easy, unsuspecting prey to overpriced jewelers. Life is a learning experience, so don’t stress about it. In the scheme of things it’s not a high priority. 

Post # 20
377 posts
Helper bee

What does the basket look like? Maybe there’s not a ton of light getting through it? It looks pretty in your pic though!

Post # 21
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My diamond has excellent specs, it has loads of fire and brilliance. I was so exited to take it to Harrod’s Diamond exhibition because all the diamond jewelry there sparkles like crazy. It literally blinds you. So I went in there and was almost shocked to tears to see my diamond so dull and almost lifeless on that walkway between all those displays of huge diamonds.  Turns out that the light is staged like that. I reached over a counter to take someone’s business card and my diamond lit up like tinder the moment it was hovering over the counter towards the middle (away from where you would just stand and look vs where you would hold your hand to try on overpriced jewelry). I noticed this effect in many jewelry stores after that. 

So that might have something to do with it. We expect diamonds to shine at a jewelry store due to light but they want their own mechandies in the best light. 

Post # 22
6405 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

While it is impossible to tell from one photo, I actually generally prefer 60/60 diamonds. Indeed, studies indicate that most “older” people do (I probably fit into that category). I actually looked for one when we bought mine, but I was unable to find one I liked. Few people have looked at enough stones to really know what cut they prefer, and so the HCA is a commonly used tool to weed out stones that aren’t high performers. In the end, while the HCA is a good tool for when you cannot see stones in person or for those who haven’t seen enough stones to know the angles and proportions they prefer, if you normally like the way your stone performs, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. 

Post # 23
249 posts
Helper bee

I actually like well cut 60/60 diamonds, too, and I’m not old. Both styles have different strengths and both can be very beautiful!

Post # 25
249 posts
Helper bee


sollyb :  I love the profile shot of your ring!  It’s beautiful!

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