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newco

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I would like to propose to my girlfriend. I have a budget of $3000 for a diamond and a setting. I was wondering if this would be a good diamond. She is not a flashy person and would like a gold band.

 

daisygrl

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She really doesn't wear any jewelry, so I'm not sure if bigger is better. I think she would appreciate something that looks clean. That is more her personality

I would be more concerned about the IGI report. IGI is known to inflate quality of their grading and, personally, I would not purchase anything graded by IGI. I do not believe they hold the grading standards that other diamond labs hold (GIA, AGS). Stone looks darker/yellower than a G and we can only guess the clarity, just like IGI does when they do their grading. :eh:
 
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MRBXXXFVVS1

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She really doesn't wear any jewelry, so I'm not sure if bigger is better. I think she would appreciate something that looks clean. That is more her personality

Totally get it! I'm the same way. I don't really wear jewelery either. Colorless and clarity are important to me, but carat size is a balancing act with budget! For me, the only material thing/jewelry I really care about is my engagement ring and at some level and point, most people get DSS (diamond shrinkage syndrome). I think as long as the diamond is eye clean, that is sufficient. Many VS and even some SI1 are eye clean. Just my 2 cents!
 

tyty333

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We recommend to stick with GIA/AGS lab graded stones to eliminate overgrading as described by @daisygrl .

For any stone you are interested in, you need to request the report from JA and post it here so we can see how
well the stone is cut.

You might check the following out...ask for GIA report and post so we can see if interested
 

yssie

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Does the 3k budget include the plain gold band?
 

newco

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@yssie I would be willing to go a little bit above that to include the gold band. It will be plain as she is not flashy at all
 

lovedogs

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We recommend to stick with GIA/AGS lab graded stones to eliminate overgrading as described by @daisygrl .

For any stone you are interested in, you need to request the report from JA and post it here so we can see how
well the stone is cut.

You might check the following out...ask for GIA report and post so we can see if interested

This one looks very good IMHO
 

theshirlgirlNS

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Keep in mind that I’m biased towards the higher color grades in super ideals as I’m not color sensitive. WF has three 0.7 I VS1/2 stones within your budget that may show up whiter due to their cut. They are great to work with and could pull all three for a comparison and give you photos to help you choose the whitest. With the yellow setting you have some wiggle room.

Just another option…
 

DejaWiz

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Here are some AGS Triple Zero diamonds (tighter criteria than GIA 3X). Ask JA for the grading reports, post them, and we'll let you know what we think in order to help you get the best of the best.






 

lovedogs

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Keep in mind that I’m biased towards the higher color grades in super ideals as I’m not color sensitive. WF has three 0.7 I VS1/2 stones within your budget that may show up whiter due to their cut. They are great to work with and could pull all three for a comparison and give you photos to help you choose the whitest. With the yellow setting you have some wiggle room.

Just another option…

I think this is a good idea if OP and his intended are ok with I color. I think in a sub 1ct size and yellow setting, it wont be noticable at all (to me, but of course color sensitivity differs between people!
 

JMK

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I'm not sure if this would be an option for you, but when my now-husband knew he wanted to propose a few years ago, he told me: "I want to get you a ring, and I want to get something you will want to wear. I have a budget of $2000 - would you send me a few options you like, and I'll choose one?"

Elements of the proposal were still a surprise, and he chose a pre-loved vintage ring that was among the selections I sent him.
 

lovedogs

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I'm not sure if this would be an option for you, but when my now-husband knew he wanted to propose a few years ago, he told me: "I want to get you a ring, and I want to get something you will want to wear. I have a budget of $2000 - would you send me a few options you like, and I'll choose one?"

Elements of the proposal were still a surprise, and he chose a pre-loved vintage ring that was among the selections I sent him.

My DH and I went to choose rings together. That way he knew I loved the ring, but kept the proposal itself a surprise (when, where, etc).
 

newco

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I've jokingly told her that it would be much easier if she picked out the ring and I just paid for it. But I appreciate these suggestions. This seems to be a process.
 

newco

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Here are some AGS Triple Zero diamonds (tighter criteria than GIA 3X). Ask JA for the grading reports, post them, and we'll let you know what we think in order to help you get the best of the best.







When you say ask JA for the grading reports, how does one go about doing that? Email their customer service team?
 

DejaWiz

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When you say ask JA for the grading reports, how does one go about doing that? Email their customer service team?

Correct. Give them the SKUs and they will email you the reports. You can also initiate a chat window and give them all the SKUs.

Screenshot_20210802-172650.png
 

lovedogs

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When you say ask JA for the grading reports, how does one go about doing that? Email their customer service team?

it's faster to use their "chat" function vs emailing
 
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