(Closed) SI1 Rings… Show me yours?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

mssoontobe:  so you have to make sure the inclusions cannot be seen to the naked eye..if buying online you can ask them (Blue Nile and James Allen can all do this and have great customer service) to confirm this before ordering. 

I have a round diamond SI1 and we asked all of these questions before they shipped the stone. I cannot see any inclusions. Also cut is so so so important it has to be ideal/excellent for round diamonds !! If you are going with Emerald cut or Asscher (even oval) then SI1 won’t be great…you need to go VS. 

good luck !!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

You really have to look or see the diamond in person or at least see a video of it to know if you can see the inclusions or not. My diamond is an SI2 and you can’t see the little flaw it has. A lot of diamonds do a good job of hiding imperfections of it has excellent cut and has a lot of sparkle. 

For reference, he’s my diamond:

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I have an SI1, and if I look through the side of the diamond reeeeally closely, I can see a couple of white specks. Nobody else would ever notice it, though. It’s clean when you look at it from the top, and that’s all I really care about.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

mssoontobe:  The diamonds that receive a SI1 rating (and for the sake of being able to speak generally about this I’m only talking about GIA graded diamonds here) are going to vary quite a bit — some SI1 diamonds are eye clean, some definitely aren’t. And as a PP mentioned, shape matters quite a bit here; the facets and related light play on a round brilliant will hide inclusions that will ruin the look of emerald and asscher cut diamonds. What you want with regard to clarity is an eye clean diamond that doesn’t have inclusions that will affect performance, and there are plenty of them out there in the SI1 category. I think an eye-clean SI1 is, generally speaking, the best clarity choice you can make for a round, or any of the other modified brilliant shapes — but you might want a better clarity grade if you are looking at step cuts. Eye-clean SI2 diamonds do exist, and offer great bang for the buck, but they can be very, very hard to find. My diamond is a VVS2, but I would have been happy with an eye-clean SI1 (we prioritized cut as well-cut pears are hard to find, and the prettiest cut I found in my budget happened to be a VVS2). 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

alamana:  What she said!

If you are dealing with a reputable vendor,  which I hope you are, ask them to have one of their gemologists get on the phone with you and explain what they can or can’t see, and at what distance, angle, in what lighting, and so on. Ask how it performs – are there any clouds affecting performance, etc. Is the grading due to inclusions not shown? Find out what the grading inclusion is. 

Then make sure there is a good return policy as YOU may have different standards and may see what they did not or be bothered by something others might not be.

If you start getting into other labs other than GIA (or AGS) or just have appraisals, it starts getting s bit more questionable as to whether you can trust the grading too, just FYI. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have an SI1, there are no visible inclusions at all

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

mssoontobe:  I purchased online from Enchanted Diamonds — they have a great selection of fancy shapes. Their settings are overly pricey though (and I wasn’t in love with any of them either), so if you are looking for a round, which is a little easier than looking for a pear like I was, I suggest Whiteflash or James Allen. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

My center stone is an Si1. It’s not a grade I ever intended to purchase, but I fell in love with this stone when I saw it in the store. It’s so beautifully white and reflective (which is partially what it’s doing here — I had a phone case with a red design and black outline, so the stone is reflecting that + some of the sunset here). It has a teeny carbon spot that isn’t visible without magnification, and is hidden under one of the prongs.

Darling Husband and I sometimes talk about getting a larger stone one of these days (maybe for, like, our 20 year anniversary or something). But, honestly, I think it might be hard for me to find another stone I love as much as this one. Plus, it was such a great deal because of the cut grade. The person who appraised it (independent appraiser, not at all affiliated with where we bought it) even told me we got a steal of a deal on both the stone and the setting. I would love it even if that weren’t true, but it definitely adds to my happiness — like a little extra layer, ha, ha!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

longtimemrs:  your ring is sooo beautiful bee! And how creative you are with the snow shot! Can’t wait to do that someday ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Grandover Resort

eye clean SI1

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

milabeehappy:  Thanks so much!  I’m a huge fan of snow and ice shots, mainly because I love winter. It’s my favorite season, especially when it snows and freezes a lot. I know I’m totally weird about that. But I’m allergic to everything, so Spring and Summer are really hard for me. When it’s all frozen outside, my allergies go into hibernation, too.

This is kind of an old picture. I took it a couple of years ago, when we had tons and tons of snow. (Literally! I think there were piles of snow stacked up in parking lots that year all the way until the end of May — LOL.)

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Here is my SI1 cushion.  I have never noticed any flaws in it but I also don’t know what I’m looking for haha.  It is an ideal cut and sparkles a lot so maybe that’s why I can’t see anything ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2006

Here’s my .93 GIA cert, SI1, excellent cut, polish, and symmetry round diamond from Blue Nile, it scores 2 on HCA. As mentioned above, you can have a diamond expert inspect the diamond and be sure it’s eye clean, Blue Nile even told me what magnification was required to actually see any inclusion(s) (I don’t remember anymore what it was, but it does requires magnification or a loupe I believe is what it’s called). It is such a gorgeous sparkly diamond! I have been very pleased with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 

All these rings are amazing! Just goes to show that this is one of the C’s that can truly save you a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

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