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Looking for a Radiant

theturk123

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Hi All,

I've been on the hunt for a radiant diamond to be set in a Solitaire with small prong set brilliants along the band. After checking some local stores, I have found a diamond at an online store which has the following specs:

Total Carat Weight :1.70
Shape and Cutting Style:Radiant
Cut :Very Good
Color :G
Clarity :VS2
Depth :69.5%
Table :67%
Polish :Excellent
Symmetry :Excellent
Girdle :Slightly Thick - Thick
Culet:None
Fluorescence :None
Measurements:6.71 x 6.69 x 4.65
Length / Width Ratio:1
Certified By:GIA

After talking with the seller, they went back to the cutter who had this to say: "the diamond's brilliance is beautiful and it is a very nice diamond". While this sounds great, it doesn't really say much. They also attached this photo: d-29112948.jpg

I'm looking for something with a lot of sparkle and fire. This is a first purchase for me so any insight would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Eric
 

tyty333

Super_Ideal_Rock
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Can you get an aset image of the stone so we can check on the light return? That's one way to see how bright the stone will
be.
 

theturk123

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/Hi Guys,

My budget was about $10k. Price for that stone was $10,331.

I'm impressed by the cut of the stone at James Allen. I havent seen many Radiants with the 8 main facets on the pavillion, most have the 4 in an "X" shape. Is there a special name for that cut? Also, is it likely that James Allen will move at all on their price?

the $15k stone is out of my price range.

Thanks!
 

theturk123

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I'm guessing that I won't be able to get the ASET image, but I will request it and see what comes up.

Is there any real way to tell brilliance or fire from a normal image? Or is it a crap shoot?

Thanks again.
 

Rockdiamond

Ideal_Rock
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HI Turk,
Welcome to PS!
The original radiant cut, designed by Henry Grossbard is a modified brilliant design, with four pavilion mains.

Have you seen any radiant cut diamonds in person?
Its a cut that really does need to be seen first hand to appreciate- especially if one intends to use ASET.
The reason is that the beauty of the modified brilliant cut uses light differently from a stone cut to look like an RBC in a square shape.
So, what might seem to be brilliant areas ( red) on the ASET of a Radiant Cut, can translate into dark areas in person.
Scattered green and white - which are not desirable in a round- can be extremely lively and sparkly in a radiant cut.
 
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