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A love for "not perfect" diamonds

oncrutchesrightnow

Shiny_Rock
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On topic... maybe we can be more welcoming by encouraging people to post their imperfect diamonds more often.

Somebody go start threads on “show me your cheap diamonds” and “Blue Nile vs. James Allen cage fight.”

And still be bros to the guys coming here to buy that one perfect engagement ring by giving them The Holy Tables and The HCA and offering to go find a diamond.

Might result in more jewelry pictures...
 

Ibrakeforpossums

Brilliant_Rock
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I love the old cuts because they have so much character.
A perfect stone would be wonderful to own, but the old cuts are so interesting, with all their flaws and imperfections.
None of my diamonds are perfect. They all would get low ratings from any gem lab.
But I like them, and I feel very lucky to have stumbled across them.

This beautiful 1.23 OEC is chipped. I adopted her from our lovely @YadaYadaYada.
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This OEC has a yellow/green cast and is cut very wonky and has an indented natural.
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This one is very white, but is cut wonky as well.
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This one is a .76 with no culet and has a needle inclusion that breaks the table.
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This one below is my MRB that is cut shallow and loses light.
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Wonderful - thank you!! You have a stunning collection.
 

musicloveranthony

Shiny_Rock
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On topic... maybe we can be more welcoming by encouraging people to post their imperfect diamonds more often.

Somebody go start threads on “show me your cheap diamonds” and “Blue Nile vs. James Allen cage fight.”

And still be bros to the guys coming here to buy that one perfect engagement ring by giving them The Holy Tables and The HCA and offering to go find a diamond.

Might result in more jewelry pictures...

The ACA and HCA fandom can be a bit tedious.

I know that's blasphemous of me.
 

oncrutchesrightnow

Shiny_Rock
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The ACA and HCA fandom can be a bit tedious.

I know that's blasphemous of me.

Darn you to heck, accursed heretic!

To be fair where else are people going to geek out about their sparkle hobby?

We could accommodate everyone if we did a “show me the worst HCA score diamond you have ever seen” thread.

I am hoping someone starts the BN vs. JA cage fight.
 

Tourmaline

Ideal_Rock
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Love this thread.

True confession.

I was so aggressively put off by the D-colored sparkle bombs I kept encountering in stores, I thought I just didn't like diamonds at all. They all looked almost fake and character-less to me. I mean no offense.

I felt really alienated and alone in my e-ring diamond search. Either I had to embrace the narrative around perfect, colorless diamonds, or rally against it (like many of my millennial peers)...the big, bad blindly unethical diamond marketplace, get a moissy, sapphire, or something non-traditional...I felt stuck and alienated from both sides, and i felt confused.

Then I learned about things like inclusions. And lower colors. And fancy colors. And vintage cuts. I warmed up to diamonds a lot. Had it not been for my fiance - I would've ended up with something funkier...I was really drawn to visible inclusions, wonky old cuts, rose cuts, champagne diamonds, you name it. I had fallen in love with a big MRB with a constellation of small black carbon inclusions that reminded me of Dalmatian spots. I LOVED it. He didn't. this was pre-PS...So we settled on something a bit more "traditional" - and I started hunting for a vintage cut M-color (I learned that was my sweet spot for color). I went to multiple stores and they looked at me like I was crazy. I'd ask for M explicitly, and they'd pull out fancy yellows. Most online marketplaces didn't even include M or lower in their options. How lonely!

There are still times when I read threads when someone gleefully reports how happily they'd turn down an option due due to some inferior quality and i feel a little wounded, even knowing it has nothing to do with me and is certainly not meant as an insult. i look down at MY stone, and think - gee, mine has FAR worse stats than that! and for a moment, i feel a pang - and doubt, about whether i really like my diamond, with its SI2 clarity, off white color, and imperfect cut.

and i take a moment to re-center and remind myself of who i actually am and why i loved what i did and what it represents to me. i have never sought perfection, really, for anything. why would i for a diamond?

I love your whole comment. I have loved diamonds since I was a kid. My parents were antique dealers, so I grew up around antique jewelry (they didn’t sell jewelry, but other vendors did, and they knew my parents and treated me with respect and kindness at shows, educating me over the years). As I grew up and my parents retired, I saw more about modern diamonds, and I wanted to like them, but found them cold. I eventually came to terms with my preferences, and realized that I just don’t enjoy high color or modern cut diamonds. Old cuts make my heart sing. There are certain kinds of wonkiness that I adore. I don’t like the fisheye effect, but I love chunky wonkiness. I do like patterning that I can focus on. And I *love* warmth. I also love fluorescence.

All of the stones in my antique cluster ring are wonky, yet they come together in what feels like perfection to me.

722758
 

Cerulean

Ideal_Rock
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I love your whole comment. I have loved diamonds since I was a kid. My parents were antique dealers, so I grew up around antique jewelry (they didn’t sell jewelry, but other vendors did, and they knew my parents and treated me with respect and kindness at shows, educating me over the years). As I grew up and my parents retired, I saw more about modern diamonds, and I wanted to like them, but found them cold. I eventually came to terms with my preferences, and realized that I just don’t enjoy high color or modern cut diamonds. Old cuts make my heart sing. There are certain kinds of wonkiness that I adore. I don’t like the fisheye effect, but I love chunky wonkiness. I do like patterning that I can focus on. And I *love* warmth. I also love fluorescence.

All of the stones in my antique cluster ring are wonky, yet they come together in what feels like perfection to me.

722758

Stunning ring - really. I totally understand! I love a bit of wonk myself! It’s so nice to find a forum with other people who appreciate something a bit “imperfect “
 
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