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Help choosing a round diamond

Heidibrooke

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Hi, I'm not new to the board, but it has been a while since I last posted. I am searching for a round diamond for under $1500. I've narrowed my top choices down by quite a lot, by using the HCA tool. These are my top contenders. Can anyone offer opinions on which diamond you would choose, and why. This diamond will be set in a rose gold halo with F/G complimentary stones.

0.8 HCA score: noticable inclusions?
https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.50-carat-e-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-1079475

1.6 HCA score:
https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.51-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-1873564

1.6 HCA score:
https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.56-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-1942985

And this one is confusing, it scores 1.0 by angle data and 2.4 by % data:
https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.51-carat-e-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-1963681

Thanks so much for your help!
 

tyty333

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Number 2, the .51 h is the only one I would consider.
 

Heidibrooke

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Thank you for your response and opinion!

I should also mention this is for a right hand ring. I chose a much higher quality for my ering (IF diamond). Figured I would mention this, in case someone is thinking this question isn't worth their time because it's a lower value diamond. The small diamonds count too, want the most sparkle for my buck!
 

flyingpig

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I also like #2 the most, although I generally don't like 0.5c stones in terms of value. The price premium you pay is often 50%+ going from 0.45c to 0.5c.

I rather stay under 0.5c, and pay couple hundreds more to get 0.6c+

that's just me :)
 

Heidibrooke

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Sep 16, 2013
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Very good info! There is such a small difference in size between a .45-.5. I started my search at .48, but I should have started a tad lower.
 
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