(Closed) What diamond specs are the best value?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Going below major “mile markers” such as 1ct will get you best bang for carat. If you don’t see much difference between them then go for 0.75-0.8ish. 

Color and clarity you are pretty spot on as far as getting the best value. Unless you are extremely color sensitive (which you already said you aren’t) then going down to J is still near colorless. VS2 is good and as long as you can confirm that SI1 is eye clean enough to you then I would say that is perfectly fine. 

Cut is the absolute most important C so you should *never* compromise on it!! Rounds are pretty standard, you can run the different numbers on it through the HCA to determine whether the cut is good based on the angles and percentages. For pears and ovals, those are fancy shapes that are best evaluated based on the *actual* image of the stone as they can sometimes exhibit bow ties (dark areas across the middle of the stone) but you can find ones that have minimal darkening. However, pears and ovals can face up bigger for their carat weight than a round of the same weight. So that’s something else to keep in mind.

Post # 3
10041 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Stay right under or slightly over exact carat weights  like .98 carat or 1.02 carat for some reason their is a price jump for exact carat weights. Also an si1 is typically eye clean as for color between an H-J..BUT CUT IS EVERYTHING! Id never go below a very good cut! 

Post # 4
1008 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would say go look at loose stones, you may fall in love with a J/SI2 and save money – or you may realize you’re more sensitive to clarity/color  than you thought and you can adjust your hunt.  I also agree that cut makes a big difference, and if you’re set on getting a certified diamond think about a EGL instead of a GIA – they have slightly looser standards but they are still certified if you need/want that for insurance purposes. And out of the 3 oval will give the most hand coverage, I’m not sure that I’ve heard pears facing up bigger, I think they tend to have some shrinkage. Good luck!

For reference here’s my EGL oval.  .72ct, E, excellent cut, SI3.  It always looks bright white to me and I can’t see any kind of inclusions so the SI3 doesn’t bother me at all. Keep in mind an EGL E would be more like and GIA G/H – I think the general rule is EGL is about 2-3 grades higher than GIA would grade.


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