Yes it can do, and there are other factors which could be responsible also. I don't think you will be able to find a well cut 1.5 for that budget regrettably as DS says, is it essential you try to get this size? If so then we might have to stick with EGL graded diamonds to get you as much size as possible but we will have to work to find the best cut and most promising ones. If this size isn't essential then I would suggest a smaller weight with an excellent cut, GIA or AGS graded and I or J colour and eyeclean SI clarity to get as much bang for the buck as possible.Date: 3/14/2009 1:58:50 PM
Thanks for the info. I'd like to go with a round about 1.5 @ $3500-4000.
I didn't notice until just after I posted that the second one has a very thick girdle...that would reduce the diameter, correct?
Personally I would much rather have a smaller well cut diamond than a large not so well cut rock which doesn't sparkle or do much. A badly cut rock can sometimes look small for the weight anyway whereas a well cut diamond can look large for the weight due to edge to edge light return - the light is hitting the edges of the diamond all the way round which maximises the appearance of the face up size. What I would suggest is to look at well cut GIA or AGS diamonds and go with a vendor who has an upgrade policy if you think your lady might like a larger diamond eventually - that way when finances permit you could get her a larger rock if you wished. Also a carat is an excellent size and is in no way small.Date: 3/15/2009 2:19:29 PM
Well, let me ask your opinion of this. Since I can't really ask my girlfriend whether she'd rather have size as opposed to cut, what would you all suggest? If I could get a killer GIA 1.0 or 1.25 instead of a marginal EGL 1.5, would the size difference most likely be offset by the increase in quality? I want quality, but I also don't want her to be embarrassed by wearing a small stone.
Excuse my ignorance, but I'm new to this...can I be more confident in GIA grading than EGL? For example, a GIA I or J would be more true to an I or J than an EGL, correct?
I've been looking at some 1.0-1.25 GIAs on Union Diamond and have seen some decent ones within my price range.
Very glad to help! Keep us posted and we will help in any way we can!Date: 3/15/2009 2:35:56 PM
Thanks Lorelei. You''re a lifesaver.
I am definitely dropping the 1.5 idea and moving to the 1.0-1.25 range. I will post some of what I find and pick your brain about them.
Just some more information...I''m definitely (without a doubt) going with the Tiffany knife-cut 6-prong platinum solitaire. Just in case that helps with any advice you might have. Thanks.