shape
carat
color
clarity

I've narrowed it down to these two...

grosx2

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(I pulled most of this post from another thread I started, where it sort of got buried at the bottom, as I am looking for some quick opinions since I've already extended the reserve once)

Long story short, I'm between a 2.41 carat I and a 2.32 carat G; the G costs about $1500 more but both are within budget. Both are ACA, SI1 eye-clean, though the G stone has a few small dark spots that *could* be visible to the naked eye, which I describe a bit more below.

Color seems to be by far the most subjective of all the characteristics, from people that won't go below an F to people who can't notice any color in a J or even a K. The H-I range seems to be perhaps the biggest point of debate. I've been reading tons of old threads here on PS, and there are folks advocating for just about every different color.

Below are some side-by-side photos that the WF rep was kind enough to put together for me. The color is certainly noticeable in the face down, side by side view, but that's not how anyone will typically view the diamond, right? In the pic where they are both on a hand, I struggle to see any difference in color, even though they are right next to each other. Perhaps I'm not color sensitive at all, but both stones look pretty white to me!

One other thing to note: I noticed some dark spots on the magnified photos of the G stone; when I asked the rep about those, she said that, although it meets the WF standard for eye clean (10 inches away, normal overhead lighting, 20/20 vision), that a person with good eyesight might be able to notice the dark spots when viewed at a closer distance, say 6 or so inches away...

Here is the WF comparison page:

And here is the setting it will be in (since color/tint is most visible from the side, I've seen several folks mention that a 6 prong setting can help hide this):

Appreciate any opinions between these two!

HAND_2.41-2.321.jpg SBS_2.41-2.321.jpg TRAY_2.41-2.321.jpg
 
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ecf8503

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G
 

grosx2

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You're overthinking things, and several people already voted. My answer is still the G :)

Lol I certainly wish I was in a financial position to underthink a $30k purchase!! :)

But yes, I do tend to do that....as @tyty333 mentioned in the other thread, I need to make a decision and then STOP LOOKING, as all that seems to be doing is making my wallet lighter!
 

chamois

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I personally like the I over the G. I just recently bought a J ACA and set it in a six prong setting. Face up you cannot see a tint, side view, a very slight hint of a tint, but barely noticeable. If you put the I next to the G you will see a difference in colour for sure. I much prefer the measurements on the I. All the other numbers are so similar between the I and G.

Colour is a personal choice, which colour will you be happy with?

Good luck deciding.
 

Decision_Decisions

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Honestly, and I'm sure you don't want to hear this, but I'm not sure you'll be happy with either of these stones. I don't think you want an I, and I don't think you are ok with those inclusions. You'll always be looking for them. I completely understand wanting/needing to be done with your search, as I recently bought an ACA after a very long search.

If you need to be done now, I'd say pick whichever "flaw" you think will bother you least. As the owner of a J ACA, my priorities were size and clarity. Personally, I would constantly be looking for those spots in the G. The color in my J is there in some lighting, but I barely ever notice it. If/when I upgrade I may consider going a bit whiter, but it's not something that's eating away at me. Which thing will you be able to forget about the easiest? Or wait for a nice H middle ground to come in stock.
 

daisygrl

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I would pick an I. In no way I would be looking at that big smudge on a G. I color is still fine. I have it in 2.57ct and love it. Still bright and far better than a whiter stone with a big crystal on a table. But I agree with @Decision_Decisions - I do not think you will be happy with either. If you have to post this many posts and still look for more stones and still not be sure, then there is something you do not like about any of the presented choices.
 
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grosx2

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Thanks all for the feedback! I did go with the I as someone noticed....my gf and I were both leaning that way, G was the more popular choice on here, but I just didn't want those inclusions. I spoke with the WF rep for awhile this morning, and she agreed that she would go with the I over the G for the same reason.

The thing is, I KNOW that the inclusions would bother me/her, but I really don't think the I color will, so I guess we will have to wait and see. I knew I wanted to get off the stone I bought last week with the transparency issue, so needed to get something else locked in, and now have peace of mind thanks to WF's generous 30-day return / lifetime upgrade policy. Can't wait to see the finished product!!
 

mrsctobe

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Thanks all for the feedback! I did go with the I as someone noticed....my gf and I were both leaning that way, G was the more popular choice on here, but I just didn't want those inclusions. I spoke with the WF rep for awhile this morning, and she agreed that she would go with the I over the G for the same reason.

The thing is, I KNOW that the inclusions would bother me/her, but I really don't think the I color will, so I guess we will have to wait and see. I knew I wanted to get off the stone I bought last week with the transparency issue, so needed to get something else locked in, and now have peace of mind thanks to WF's generous 30-day return / lifetime upgrade policy. Can't wait to see the finished product!!

i think youll be surprised at how big and beautifully cut all ACA diamonds are, in person. please post pics when you receive!
 
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