Post # 1
I am very excited to be making my first post. I am currently engaged to the absolute love of my life but sans the ring. We are in the process of purchasing one now (I gave him my notes on what kind of ring I’d like last night). I have done thourough internet research, and really like the brilliance.com website. They have a great & affordable diamond selection and customer service seems to be on point. The budget for the ring is $7000.00 (including diamond and setting), but the only nice size diamonds they have (1.38 carats or more) are ones with EGL certification. So my question to all you lovely bees is: Does anyone have any experience with:
-Buying an EGL diamond from brilliance.com;
-Buying an EGL diamond from anywhere; or
-Buying anything from brilliance.com.
Thank you all so much in advance. P.S.-pictures of your rings are ALWAYS welcome!
Post # 3
We did a lot of research before buying my e-ring online. From what I have read, EGL is not as strict as AGS or GIA in their standards, though EGL USA appears to have tightened their standards some. If you purchase from Brilliance.com check which EGL they use.
Have you checked out the forums and education section of Pricescope.com? A wealth of info there. I lurked on the forums there for almost 2 weeks before we bought my ring. My ring came from Whiteflash, we both decided to go with a smaller, better quality diamond that is AGS ideal certified.
Post # 4
Thank you so much for the help!!
Post # 5
My e-ring diamond is an EGL-USA certified stone. We are very happy with it…love it! In fact, it has far more sparkle and fire than the average stone I see around. It sparkles and shines beautifully outside as well…no matter the weather. This ‘girl’ never quits, lol. It’s a half carat princess cut…F, VS2, Ideal Plus. Anyhow, it was purchased from a local family owned jeweler. We purchased it loose…over a selection of EGL and GIA stones. I like it much more than my .20 GIA princess cut…H, SI1, Crystal, Good, Good, None. All that said…please, be very careful purchasing online.
Post # 6
Here are a couple ‘fire’ pictures…waiting in the car (natural light…no flash). I have other pictures too, they can be found on a couple other posts (click on user name).
Post # 7
Here are a couple indoor/flash pictures…even harder to see the stone, lol. My other previously posted pictures are better for seeing the actual stone.
Post # 8
My stone is EGL certified. Here is my experience and thoughts: The lab graded it as an H color, VS2 clarity. Since then i have done a ton of research and looked at other diamonds and concluded that if graded by GIA, it would probably be an I or J color and an SI1 clarity. That being said, my stone is beautiful, we got a great price, and i would not trade it for another diamond. I think there is more to a stone then who graded it and what exactly they graded it as. As long as you know what you are paying for, and it looks the way you had planned, i think go for it. Good luck! Heres a pic:
Post # 9
Wow beautiful pics of your rings ladies! Thank you so much again for the advice and CONGRATULATIONS!!
Post # 10
There often is not as big a price difference between EGL and GIA or AGS when one considers how GIA would have ranked the stone. In other words, like a PP mentioned, a GIA J SI1 stone would cost considerably less than a GIA H VS2. So paying less for a stone that is labelled H VS2 when that may not be the case isn’t really a deal at all. IMO, the certification is important so you know what you are buying.
But most of all, check the cut and run the numbers through the HCA before buying. If you cannot see the stone in person before buying, you need all the tools you can get to help you before purchase. And make sure the return policy is adequate in case the appraisal doesn’t indicate that the stone is worth the price you piad.
Post # 11
Mine is a EGL oval from Brilliance. It’s rated as an E, so probably closer to an GIA H, but it always looks pure white to me. It’s so white, to me, it almost looks fake.
Post # 12
Your ring is beautiful! May I please ask the EGL clarity grade ?
Post # 13
Try adiamor. You can buy GIA certified stones and they are reasonably priced, and they also have some beautiful settings. I would much rather have the GIA certification instead of EGL…as others have said, GIA has stricter grading standards and for that reason, you can be sure you are getting what you are paying for.
They also offer 30 day returns.
Post # 14
Congratulations! I’m not familiar with that site, but my uncle is a GIA certified gemologist and he gave me some advice on EGL diamonds. The gist of it was that they are less strict as other PP’shave said, so do expect that the grading is most likely lower than listed if you have it appraised by a GIA gemologist. He didn’t make it sound like it would be a crazy big difference, but he warned me in particular to avoid any EGL diamond that was listed as SI1 as it is more likely to be SI2 which is his personal cut off for a good diamond.
Post # 15
Congrats on your engagement! You might find this article helpful of what to be aware of when considering an EGL stone: https://www.diamonds.pro/egl/