(Closed) Show Me Your Clarity Enhanced Rings!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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mrssloan2013

I would look into the Amora Gem. I have diamonds, moissy, sapphires, and now I have an amora gem and I loooooooove my Amora.

When I first started looking at diamonds, I went to the diamond district in NYC and a lot of the jewelers there carried Clarity Enhanced diamonds. There is a reason why they are cheaper, and you really have no way of knowing what you are getting. One of my close friends worked for one of the jewelers I visited for years and she warned me before I even came in to not even consider what he was about to try to push on me. She had seen dozens of people over the years come back in tears and hysterics from their diamonds cracking, insurance policies not covering the diamonds, not getting any value during resale etc… You’re still paying thousands of dollars just because of the word “diamond” when it is not nearly comparable to a regular non-enhanced diamond.

With my Amora, I have compared it to my E IF Ideal cut diamond as well as several other diamonds I own that aren’t as high quality, and diamonds in stores and my amora performs similarly in all lighting and in some lighting even exceeds the beauty of my diamond. No one has ever had anything but praise for it when they have seen it in person and most people have no idea it’s not a diamond- including various jewelers I know.

My Amora Gem is a G VS1 1.87ct (7.79mm) and I have it set in a custom platinum setting surrounded by 1.5mm f/g vs diamonds. 

I have attached a single picture and one with my diamond

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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girlseeksring:  uh ok. I think I recommended the need for a gemologist’s opinion. I do agree that buying it online puts another level of concern into the mix.

While I understand how passionately you feel about this subject and you have also done your homework on it, I am also aware that there is a market for CE diamonds.  It’s buyer beware and luckily she has the bee to come to. PriceScope is also a good resource.

Post # 20
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Helper bee

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womanofsubstance:  No need for sarcasm, really.

I do recommend PriceScope as a source of info as well. I think I can guess what the PS consensus on CE diamonds would be.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

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MissJulianna:  I agree, an AG might be a better option. Yours looks lovely.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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girlseeksring:  I bought mine direct from Better than Diamond, and I got my setting custom made based on several rings I loved that I tweaked in writing and sent to David Klass. He made my ering and my wedding band. LOVELOVELOVE him.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

You could always get a smaller diamond for now from a reputable jeweler and when you and your Fiance have more income and can afford something bigger, you could trade in your diamond for a bigger one. I know a clarity enhanced diamond is still a diamond and costs less, but I feel a non-enhanced natural diamond would be better value-wise in the future.  But it all depends on what you want right now and what you’re willing to go with.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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girlseeksring:  I’m sorry you took it that way. I wasn’t being sarcastic. I just saw the opportunity to explain to you why I gave the OP the information I did. I actually commend you for doing your homework.

ETA: – I’m sure PS wouldn’t be as enthusiastic as our OP might hope, but best to make an informed choice.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

my fiance was sold a CE diamond in NYCs Diamond District. He was unaware of what he was buying. When we found out through an independant appraisal elsewhere, we decided to exchange it with a non-ce. Not saying there is anything wrong with that, if that is your choosing, but it was not for me. My CE was very “white” in color. the filler can loosen with heat and the inclusions might be seen over time. I would be weary to buy something that pricey that might need to be replaced years down the line. 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee

I forgot to come back…lol.

CE diamonds can be lovely and a great savings but you need to shop for them IN PERSON. I’m quite fond of mine and it’s very pretty! It’s one of the nicest CE’s I’ve ever seen. You should clean them carefully though — just use a brush and solution and rinse. Don’t do anything that involves SOAKING. I left mine for many, many hours in VINEGAR I think and my enhancement came out. No biggie – I had it re-enhanced for $120/ct but it was a nuisance to send it back out.

I wouldn’t totally wipe them off the list of things to look at but you should keep in mind that the enhancement process makes the stone less valuable. For an e-ring that you’re not looking to resell, it may not make a difference but if you are considering your ring as an INVESTMENT, bear that in mind.

Hope this helps!

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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womanofsubstance:  There’s a market for everything. It doesn’t make it a good idea, simply because someone out there will buy it thinking they’re getting some kind of mystical deal.

The concept of trying to get something for nothing really has me stumped. If these were so amazing, why doesn’t everyone buy one? After all, you get a huge, cheap diamond.

Because they’re unreliably graded, generally sold by sleazy dealers, and you have no way to know what you’re buying. Plus they’re worthless on resale, even worse than a regular diamond. Stones that get clarity enhanced are stones that would not sell otherwise, it’s that simply. It’s a way to make an unsaleable product, saleable. If that appeals to you for whatever reason, then knock yourself out.

 

The market preys on the unknowing consumer whose primary goal is a “good deal.” The question is what constitutes a good deal.

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