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Help in purchasing a diamond for a proposal ring

Emerald or Radiant Diamond?

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BBazzy

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Hello community,

First of all i would like to say nice to meet you and thank you in advance for your future answers to my questions. I am planning this November to ask my girlfriend if she wants to marry me and i am not decided which style of diamond to choose for the proposal ring, emerald or radiant. My budget for the diamond is max 1000 euro and i wonder which one is worth to buy and why. Could you help me with the most important information about these two style of diamond? Also, i would like to know your honest opinion (based on arguments) about which style i should choose, emerald instead radiant or radiant instead emerald. I plan to buy the diamond from https://www.77diamonds.com/.

Thank you in advance!
 

Lookinagain

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Hi,
Do you have any idea which your girlfriend would prefer? The do look quite different. Many radiants have the "crushed ice" look and people either like that look or don't. So that is something else to consider. Knowing her preference would be very helpful.
 

tyty333

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Radiants and emeralds are very different cuts. You need to take your girlfriend and go look at some to see which she
prefers.
 

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Sadly, i can’t take her to take a look because i stole one of her rings two months ago and she asked me recently if i saw it, so yea, it will be too obvious. To be honest, i think she would like more the emerald style.
 

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They are two very different looks, one that reflects long flashes of light (emerald) and the other that reflects short, small flashes more frequently (as an over simplification).

Proposing with a stand in ring or one with a good return policy may be your best option if the surprise element is your priority.
 

BBazzy

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Thank you for your answers. Let’s stick to the emerald style.
 

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The Emerald Cut is designed to enhance Color and show Incusions which suits a Green Emerald and its "jardin" but in a DIamond it's a different situation (the market skews to colorless D,E,F,G and VS+ .... so for 1k you'd likely be looking at or under .5 ct for a colorless + clean + well cut. ... A radiant would be better at hiding clarity + not enhancing color......
 

BBazzy

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You are right, a 0.5ct would be enough, but i want the best quality-price combo for it.
 

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I think you should be able to find a nice half carat emerald cut for your budget. Seems like you are in Europe and want to deal with 77diamonds so people can look there and try to help. I will look later today as well. A G or H color VS 1 or VS 2 depending on the inclusions should be fine assuming the grading is from a reputable lab.
 

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I think you should be able to find a nice half carat emerald cut for your budget. Seems like you are in Europe and want to deal with 77diamonds so people can look there and try to help. I will look later today as well. A G or H color VS 1 or VS 2 depending on the inclusions should be fine assuming the grading is from a reputable lab.

Thanks a lot!
 

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I think he means emerald 'shape', i.c. 'cut' rather than an actual emerald.

Yes, that's why I said Emerald Cut and recommended G/H color VS1 or VS2.
 

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What is your girlfriend’s style of clothing and jewelry? Flashy? Modern? Classic? Vintage?

Is there a reason you chose emerald or radiant and not a round brilliant?
 

BBazzy

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I think he means emerald 'shape', i.c. 'cut' rather than an actual emerald.

Yes, ofc, emerald shape, not an actual emerald.
What is your girlfriend’s style of clothing and jewelry? Flashy? Modern? Classic? Vintage?

Is there a reason you chose emerald or radiant and not a round brilliant?

All i know is that she prefers a rectangular proposal ring instead a round.
Btw, i love your signature (LOTR fan).
 

BBazzy

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Guys, can you check the following diamonds from https://www.77diamonds.com/ and tell me your opinion about which specs i should aim for the best quality-price combo?

Emerald (shape) Diamond (77diamonds ID):

1. EMPUIFSEXXRAFQA (cut - E, polish - E, symmetry - E, 5.08x3.85x2.63mm, Color F, Clarity IF);
2. EMZWDAXCGV3 (cut - E, polish - E, symmetry - E, 5.37x3.78x2.52mm, color G, IF);
3. EMCPDBZSGXTY (cut - E, polish - E, symmetry - E, 4.89x3.76x2.70mm, color E, IF);
4. EMPUIFSJ8G4XGGW (cut - E, polish - E, symmetry - E, 5.12x3.83x2.62mm, color E, IF).
 

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What about this?
 

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What about these?
 

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tyty333

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Can you post links to the diamonds so we dont all have to look them up?
 

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It would be helpful if you could search for stones with the 360° videos. Emerald cuts need to be judged by how their "steps" turn on and off and if there are dead areas. I've just posted one so you can see how this helps. Not necessarily recommending this stone.

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Ibrakeforpossums

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You stole one of her rings a few months ago?
 

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It would be helpful if you could search for stones with the 360° videos. Emerald cuts need to be judged by how their "steps" turn on and off and if there are dead areas. I've just posted one so you can see how this helps. Not necessarily recommending this stone.

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I have followed your advice and i have found these:

1. https://www.77diamonds.com/diamonds/loose-diamonds?item=-1&diamond=EMPUIFSF8AFTMSS
2. https://www.77diamonds.com/diamonds/loose-diamonds?item=-1&diamond=EMPUIFSXHPMCHME
3. https://www.77diamonds.com/diamonds/loose-diamonds?item=-1&diamond=EMPUIFS8BSB4XUE
4. https://www.77diamonds.com/diamonds/loose-diamonds?item=-1&diamond=EMPUIFSY2QTKSSF
5. https://www.77diamonds.com/diamonds/loose-diamonds?item=-1&diamond=EMZNRHF7QF8
6. https://www.77diamonds.com/diamonds/loose-diamonds?item=-1&diamond=EMPUIFSMXG4YR73
7. https://www.77diamonds.com/diamonds/loose-diamonds?item=-1&diamond=EMZNABNVFEE
8. https://www.77diamonds.com/diamonds/loose-diamonds?item=-1&diamond=EMPUIFSEAGWNAX3

Could you tell me which one is the best quality-price combo?
 

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1 too dark
2 ok, but not great
3 too dark
4 table and steps dont line up (look straight)
5 too dark
6 looks good, not too many steps off at the same time, nice crisp and clear, like it
7 not enough contrast...dont care for
8 not clear and crisp into the center, not good

6 would be my choice for the above reasons. I did not look at any numbers...only videos of the stones.

edit...because of the size of these stones (.5ish) I think it wont take too many steps "off" or black at the
same time to make the stone be too dark.
 

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I like #6 as well.
 

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1 too dark
2 ok, but not great
3 too dark
4 table and steps dont line up (look straight)
5 too dark
6 looks good, not too many steps off at the same time, nice crisp and clear, like it
7 not enough contrast...dont care for
8 not clear and crisp into the center, not good

6 would be my choice for the above reasons. I did not look at any numbers...only videos of the stones.

edit...because of the size of these stones (.5ish) I think it wont take too many steps "off" or black at the
same time to make the stone be too dark.

Thanks a lot! So from your point of view it is worth to buy the #6. Could you take a look of its specs too?


I like #6 as well.

Thanks a lot! Did you compare them using their specs or the video?
 

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Thanks a lot! So from your point of view it is worth to buy the #6. Could you take a look of its specs too?




Thanks a lot! Did you compare them using their specs or the video?

symmetry grade on #6 is only Very Good
did you look @ GIA # 5493662186 ?


videos here


 
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Lookinagain

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Thanks a lot! Did you compare them using their specs or the video?

I just looked at the video, not the stats. I like the one @freddyboston posted as well. Both it and #6 are a bit over your budget and then if you have to pay VAT that adds more. I don't think a very good symmetry grading would bother me on an EC, but others might think differently. It would come down to whether you prefer the look of one over the other, and also the difference between F, IF and F, VS1. I don't think you can go wrong with either stone.
 

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The .52 is a beautiful EC. Really like the video.
 
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