- Apr 23, 2018
Thank you everyone for all the great replies! I'm going to keep my response in one post as to not create a massive wall of quotes.
It's great to know that the inclusions are listed in order of severity in the GIA report. That alleviates a lot of the concerns I had over some diamonds. I was worried that some of the inclusions listed may be far worse in person. If it's listed below a visible inclusion then it shouldn't be so bad.
I've decided to look at diamonds up to medium fluorescence and have noticed that you get far more for your money doing this! However, it's still a struggle to find a diamond that matches all of the recommended ranges. I'm assuming this is due to my price/carat ratio, as there aren't any Ideal cuts in my budget.
I've found a couple that fall within the green/yellow columns of the chart that Garry posted. Usually Table/Pavillion fall within the ideal range, with crown angle falling slightly outside into the yellow. I've included a few below that seem to meet most of the criteria. Please let me know what you think and thank you again for all of the help!
These stones face similar issues to the one I pointed out separately. Steep crowns combined with steep pavilions, so I really wouldn't recommend any of these.
The 36/40.8 would be the best of the group, but really for a 36 crown I'd be leaning towards a 40.6 pavilion. And while I think the 36/40.8 is the best option for this group, I still don't like it. I'm even leery of a 35/40.8 personally. I've seen too many of them with bad advanced images to blindly gamble on them and doesn't provide advanced images. I'd find a combo that is safer personally.
Also, was it just a quirky dink, or are you intentionally looking for stones with medium blue fluor (MBF)?
I found another diamond and will likely be proceeding with the purchase. It checks all of our criteria and even scores a 1.3 on the HCA tool! I'll be sure to have it professionally inspected as well.
I wanted to thank everyone here for all of their help. There's a lot more to this than I initially anticipated! I think you all saved me from making a less than ideal purchase!
Can you share a link to the stone you chose, so we can review the proportions with you? You're spending a good chunk of money and I want to see you get the maximum beauty possible for your dollar while meeting all your color & clarity requirements.