by helen8378 » Apr 13, 2019 Hi everyone - I'm all very new to this world. I'm currently in the market for a 2.80-3.50 carat Pear/Emerald cut diamond. Color: D-G Clarity: IF-VVS2 Weight: 2.80-3.5 Cut: Excellent I went to Harry Winston's in LA to try a few rings on and I am shocked by their markups. Below are two rings I had picked out, both are over $210,000. Even if I purchased the ring in LA and flew to Hong Kong to pick up the ring, it would only be marginally less. I felt like I could find a better diamond for less than their retail price. The pear is a 3.06 D-VVS1 The emerald is 3.50 E-VVS1 Soo here are my questions: -What are the proportions I should be looking for in an emerald and pear cut, please correct me if I'm wrong, but from my understanding "excellent" only exists for round cuts. -I'm located in LA, but can basically travel anywhere to find for my ring. We would love to purchase the ring in HK or even NY. -We were looking at Sotheby's for a vintage emerald but so far it's been a miss - What else should I be looking for in a special cut, besides for the 4 c's. Is a D color and IF clarity really worth the large ticket price? Sorry for all the questions!! I really appreciate the help!