(Closed) Would you buy a diamond you have not seen in person?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

If you’re color sensitive, I’d be worried about the J color.  The only way I’d buy a diamond sight unseen is if I can return it.  He should be willing to send it to you and if you’re not happy with it, you can return it.  If he’s not willing to do that, I’d go with the one you’ve seen in person and loved.  The carat difference isn’t big enough to take a chance, especially with J color.  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it was final sale, probably not. That’s a lot riding on that if you don’t like it. However, since it is a Ring Bearer, it’s more predictable. Fancy cuts should always been seen in person.

J, IMO, is quite a difference from G so that’s something to consider. Have you seen Js in person? If you have and are fine, then you may be okay but if you’ve never seen them before, they may be too warm for your taste. In addition, I don’t love the fact that it is SI1. The inclusions may be hard to see or it can be very obvious.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

 My husband is a jeweler.  So here’s my advice – you can read all the specs all you want – but 2 stones, with the same specs, can and will look completely different.  A lot factors into what makes a great stone, and you really need to see it in person.  I second what @AP1976: said – see if he can send to you. I know my husband sends diamonds to people all the time…. And also – it’s hard to tell from a camera how the diamond looks  in person. 

He said re the J, if it’s GIA – it will look white and my hubs would sell that exact stone for $4600.  EGL or other, it should be even cheaper, and have some color to it. 

As for the G, if it’s GIA, the $4600 is also a good price. EGL or otherwise, than bad price (FWIW, i have a G SI1 myself)

Re platinum vs white gold – to make you feel better ab white gold – i have a platinum setting and it’s so soft it bends.  My round rings keeps becomming oval…it’s annoying.   

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

J to G, as PPs mention, is a big jump. If I could buy a stone and be guaranteed that I could return it, then I’d buy it to check it out. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

If it’s a trustworthy jeweler, he should be able to tell you if the stone is eye clean.  Most S1’s actually are, if you think he’ll be honest – ask him.  I re-read your post and see that the J color stone is an excellent cut while the other one is very good.  Cut is the most important factor in performance and sparkle, so if I were you I would go to local jewelry stores that have diamonds on site and ask to see J diamonds next to G ones, and you’ll have a good idea how you feel about the color.  And also – is the diamond certified?  If it’s certified by EGL, the color/clarity grade will most likely be 2 notches down from GIA.  

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The .96 is a better deal.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

The same specs on Whiteflash bring up a more expensive diamond.  Which just goes to show that as @Margaritachka: said, the same stones with the same specs can and will look different, and cost different.  I’d definitely find out if it’s certified, and then would only buy it if you can return it.  

1.180 J SI1 Excellent

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Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

Only if there is a window where I can return it for a full refund if I don’t like it.

I would ask the jeweler to ship it somewhere closer, or make the drive. Diamonds don’t photograph easily, they kind of all look the same, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Video is better but still lacking.

I would also need a GIA cert – read and understand everything on there!, but a cert is not enough that I wouldn’t need to see it in person. Especially when we are dealing with inclusions at this grade.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Great advice in this thread

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