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J VVS2 or K VVS1 ... help!

wael1470

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Hello all,

With my newly acquired and very basic diamond education, I am finding it difficult to decide between the following two stones:

1- 1.20 CARAT K-VVS1 GIA
6.88-6.90 x 4.14
GIRDLE: Medium - Slightly Thick
DEPTH %: 60.20
TABLE %: 58.00
CULET: None
CERTIFICATE: GIA
CROWN ∠: 33.50
CROWN %: 13.50
PAVILION ∠: 40.80
CUT: Excellent
POLISH: Excellent
SYMMETRY: Excellent
FLUORESCENCE: Medium
Clarity characteristics: feather (1 very small feather is noted on the report, no other comment)
This would give HCA EX and AGA 1B ratings

2- 1.23 CARAT J-VVS2 GIA
6.92 - 6.96 x 4.20 mm
GIRDLE: Medium
DEPTH %: 60.6
TABLE %: 57.00
CULET: None
CERTIFICATE: GIA
CROWN ∠: 34.0
CROWN %: 14.50
PAVILION ∠: 40.6
CUT: Excellent
POLISH: Excellent
SYMMETRY: Excellent
FLUORESCENCE: None
Clarity characteristics: Needle, feather, cloud, the largest of which is to the side (close to but not reaching the girdle), with the following additional comment: Additional clouds are not shown. Pinpoints are not shown.
This would give EX rating in both HCA and AGA.

I am hoping the experts on this forum would help me decide. The second one is slightly more expensive but still within my budget.
 

Niel

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My ask why you choose to go so high in claritybit low on color?
 

wael1470

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I will be buying the diamond online. Comparable diamonds in I color and VS clarity were outside my budget and I don't want to go below VS.
 

Niel

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What's your budget for the stone?
 

flyingpig

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I like J/K with a high clarity grade. Diamond pricing in this carat range is heavily dictated by the color. VS1, VVS, or even IF can be very affordable. I assume those are 5k ish stones.
 

wael1470

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You assume right. I have budgeted 5k max for the diamond.

So.. which of the two is better and why?
 

Niel

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wael1470|1469921932|4060963 said:
You assume right. I have budgeted 5k max for the diamond.

So.. which of the two is better and why?
J.
 

AdaBeta27

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Lots of Pricescope would choose proportions per the Pricescope cheat sheet, which originally more or less originated with Todd Gray of Niceice. http://niceice.com/diamond-buying-secrets/5-minutes-diamond-buying-success/
Total depth between 59 – 61.8%
Table diameter between 53 – 58%
Crown angle between 34.3 – 34.9 degrees*
Pavilion angle between 40.6 – 40.9 degrees
Lower girdle facets between 75 – 78%**
Star facets between 45 – 50%***
Girdle thickness between thin and slightly thick
Culet: AGS pointed or GIA none

Smaller table 55% and steeper crown angle pushing 35 produce good fire. Low crown angle and large table are biased toward brilliance (white light, brightness.) Diamonds with more 60/60 proportions (60 table, 60 depth) also are biased more toward brilliance than fire. It depends on what look you or the recipient prefer. I want a smaller table and taller / steeper crown than those two you asked about.
 

flyingpig

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#2. J VVS2
Why?
It is a J (still near colorless) within your budget. Is this stone really sub 5k?
Amazing spread. Almost 7mm.
I like the 40.6/34 combo slightly better than 33.5/40.8.

If you can get the actual image and IS/ASET and there is no leakage issue, go for the J.
With 5k budget, the best you can do with I color would be 1.0c I VS2/SI1.

ps. I found the K. It's got clean appearance. I like that too.
ps2. I have a J. I am biased.
 

wael1470

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OK, thanks. This was informative and to the point.

J it is then.. unless someone would like to contribute a different opinion?
 
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