(Closed) Show me your IF diamonds! (Especially $10k diamonds)

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Busy bee

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penny1403 :  Mall jewelry stores are known for low quality diamonds. They are not jewelers, they are hourly sales associates. For $10K I hope to God he gets a GIA certified diamond because otherwise you will most likely end up with an I1 I2 or I3 clarity. Please listen to the bees advice here. Perhaps lead him to James Allen or Blue Nile. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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penny1403 :  Oh man.. lol. I think I would get a 1.5-2 carat soliatire in the best quality I could (if we aren’t talking budget). Or do you mean a specific diamond? In the past I loved princess cut for years. These days I like round. I would get set up the specifications I wanted and get the largest diamond in budget, and have it put in a solitaire setting. You can always take the diamond and put it in a different setting later, so I guess I prefer getting the nicest stone you can. I also like solitaires, so there you go lol. I’m too sentimental to trade out the whole thing later, so splurging a little on the diamond initially would make more sense to me. Honestly, I kind of have exactly the ring I just described, just a smaller carat weight. I love mine, but if I had to pick all over again, I might get a slightly different solitaire setting and get a larger diamond if it were in budget. 

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m sorry, but I call bullshit if he thinks he’s finding specks and inperfections in a IF rated diamond.  The whole point of IF, as rated by GIA is that it is *internally flawless* and I doubt he’s finding what professional diamond graders aren’t.

Either way, it’s his/your money, but focusing on IF/D is kind of a waste imo.  If you put a ideal cut IF/D next to a VS/F/ or even G/H, I doubt you will see a difference on your hand. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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penny1403 :  Again, I’m not sure why he’s telling you so much, but not allowing you to be involved? I don’t say that to be mean, I just don’t get it. And I echo the other PP’s that mall jewelry stores almost always have lower quality diamonds. What’s his reasoning for not wanting to try Blue Nile or something similar? You get a preview of your diamond and they have an excellent return policy, so he wouldn’t be stuck with something if it didn’t meet his expectations. 

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper

show him rarecarat.com.  He’s going to pay a fortune for a tiny diamond at a retail shop.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

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penny1403 :  I would really talk him out of this. Mall stores sell shit diamonds for ridiculous prices as it is. I can’t imagine what they’d charge for a quality stone. When you look at what you can get online vs. what he’s going to get, you’re going to be really disappointed. 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Please please please please please tell him to head over to Pricescope. It’s a hardcore diamond forum, he’ll appreciate how in depth they get with diamonds. They too will probably steer him away from IF and emphasize CUT. My friend has a VVS1/2 and she says my VS2 looks so clear, the difference aint the clarity, it’s the cut.

A beautiful cut will make your diamond look more colorless and clear. Steer him away from mall jewelers, they don’t have quality. When you compare specs (not just color, clarity, cut grade) like legit angles, HCA the mall stores don’t even stock them.

I almost got duped into an EGL (DON’T DO THIS) that was .97 on paper but cut deep and faced up like a .85. Don’t know what this means? Get thee educated. Make sure you spend your money wisely – as in get educated and you make the choice. Good luck!!

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

There’s really no possibility of him being able to see flaws with his naked eyes if he’s looking round stones that are anything that’s SI2 or above unless it’s a flaw in the polish or the cut.  

Post # 27
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Helper bee

I hesitate to post this because I don’t want it to seem rude or mean, but is it possible he is rejecting every stone they bring him because he doesn’t want to propose? I recall you posting a few months ago that you had resigned yourself to him not wanting to get married. What made him change his mind?

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