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    Proposing without ring (time pressure)

    yes, my comparison is store diamonds under jewelery store lighting vs my diamond in my office''s bathroom. not fair. looking forward to apples-apples comparison. Measurements: 7.33 - 7.37 x 4.53 mm Depth: 61.6% Table: 57% Crown Angle: 35.5° Crown Height: 15.0% Pavilion Angle: 40.6°...
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    Proposing without ring (time pressure)

    yes, the other option is to be up front and say something like "I just want you to know I wanted to get you a really big gift for this trip (wink wink)" but I''ve experienced some unforseen problems....rest assured it is coming as soon I find something I think you''ll really love". the...
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    Proposing without ring (time pressure)

    I bought it from Blue Nile it is 1.52 Carat, ideal cut (GIA), Si1, H color, excellent symmetry, passed HCA with flying colors. perhaps I am being harsh, it will certainly help to do a side by side
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    Proposing without ring (time pressure)

    the rock I got is dull. no sparkle. I dunno, perhaps I am being hard on it, maybe the light in the bathroom where I looked at it was bad :) I am going to take it with me tomorrow shopping so I can do eye tests vs some others. perhaps I have a change of heart once I see it compared to other...
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    Proposing without ring (time pressure)

    thanks all. I'm in Boston, so have some good places to check out tomorrow. will go to Long's and a couple places in the jewelers building. I have a good idea what I want and what it should cost (at least from Blue Nile, I will have a print out of all GIA, I, Si1, Ideal, diamonds currently at...
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    Proposing without ring (time pressure)

    "..I would just ask her and share her the story after.." yeah , I mean, is it really that bad to say: "I bought a diamond, saw that I wasn''t happy with it, and this made my realize that buying a diamond is a complicated thing and it''s important that we both know we are going to be happy with...
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    Proposing without ring (time pressure)

    Well, I ordered a loose diamond from an online vendor, it arrived today, and I'm not happy with it. I am spending a decent chunk ($10k) so this is unacceptable to me. I need to find a diamond I love. my gf just turned 30, and we are going to Paris in 5 days. This trip was her Xmas present from...
  8. M

    Pricing question

    ok, thanks. at a higher level, given the 8 or so diamonds that fit the criteria I listed above, does more expensive = better every time?
  9. M

    Pricing question

    well that's why I'm asking here! is it factors that can only be seen by the eye and not quantified? or does it just have to do with commodity pricing, like how oil just sometimes gets cheaper or more expensive, even though its always just oil.
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    Pricing question

    if you go on Blue Nile and search within these parameters: 1.50 - 1.55 Carats I Color Ideal Cut SI1 GIA Certification Excellent or Very Good Symmetry and Polish you see a handful of diamonds, about 8. prices range from about $5,400 per carat up to over $7,000 per carat. there doesn't seem to...
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    I think I found my diamond! Thoughts? Mostly on the I color.

    thanks. does the HCA not judge the crown angle and pavilion? it seems to check out fine on that.
  12. M

    I think I found my diamond! Thoughts? Mostly on the I color.

    great link. all those I''s look good to me
  13. M

    I think I found my diamond! Thoughts? Mostly on the I color.

    Proportions: Depth: 61.6% Table: 57% Crown Angle: 35.5° Crown Height: 15.0% Pavilion Angle: 40.6° Pavilion Depth: 43.0% Star length: 50% Lower Half: 80% Girdle: Medium to Slightly Thick, Faceted Culet: None Measurements: 7.33 - 7.37 x 4.53 mm
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    I think I found my diamond! Thoughts? Mostly on the I color.

    For my engagement ring search, I have decided to focus on factors that are mostly easily visible to the naked eye. For me this meant focusing on Cut and Carats, and skimping on Clarity and Color. Inclusions are fine as they are not visible to the naked eye, and Color, as long as it looks...
  15. M

    James Allen Jewelers thoughts + diamond opinions

    GIA report 5111849157 crown angle 35.5% pavilion angle 40.8% lower half 80%
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    James Allen Jewelers thoughts + diamond opinions

    I put in a diamond search via the site, and James Allen jewelers quickly got back to me. They have been very quick to respond to questions and seem like a great vendor. is this the general thought on the board? (to anyone as James Allen reading this, please don''t take this personally, it''s...
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    EGL certification - are any of them ok?

    assuming ideal cut b/c thats what I told the vendor to look for. "also SI2 may have inclusions visible to the naked eye, have you checked with vendor about this?" really? I had thought this would be inclusion free. if I want no visible inclusions, should I go with minimum SI1? "EGL grades...
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    EGL certification - are any of them ok?

    Hi all, is there any EGL lab which I should consider trusting / buying from? I found a diamond from a source in a tax free location which seems to grade out great: 1.71, round brilliant, F, SI2, EGL, for $10,500. but it comes with EGL (not sure which one) certification. cut unknown, I am...
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