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Narrowed it down to four - need some advice

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steve0617

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Hi all,

Based on my budget, stone specs and vendor preferences, I've narrowed the stone down to four.

But I need some help figuring out which one is the 'best.' The price differences among these four are fine. I just want the 'best' rock for the dough.

Stone 1
Stone 2
Stone 3
Stone 4

All are 1.2 - 1.4's on the HCA. But after that, I'm kinda lost.

Thanks!
 

Ellen

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#2 gets my vote! And there''s nothing really wrong with 4 either, except a bit of overkill on clarity.
 

steve0617

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Date: 3/19/2009 1:56:07 PM
Author: Ellen
#2 gets my vote! And there''s nothing really wrong with 4 either, except a bit of overkill on clarity.
Thanks. So I can learn, what about #2 swayed you over #1 and #3? Trying to only buy one engagement diamond in my life
 

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Date: 3/19/2009 1:56:07 PM
Author: Ellen
#2 gets my vote! And there''s nothing really wrong with 4 either, except a bit of overkill on clarity.
Ditto.
 

Ellen

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Date: 3/19/2009 2:12:44 PM
Author: steve0617

Date: 3/19/2009 1:56:07 PM
Author: Ellen
#2 gets my vote! And there''s nothing really wrong with 4 either, except a bit of overkill on clarity.
Thanks. So I can learn, what about #2 swayed you over #1 and #3? Trying to only buy one engagement diamond in my life
Ha! Good plan.


I chose it for the crown and pavilion angles (along with everything else). They are what drive the diamonds engine, so they are important. As GIA rounds those numbers, we''re never totally certain what they are exactly. The numbers on 2 and 4 are the safest there are. Either one should be lovely!
 

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Date: 3/19/2009 2:40:38 PM
Author: Ellen
Date: 3/19/2009 2:12:44 PM
Author: steve0617

Date: 3/19/2009 1:56:07 PM
Author: Ellen
#2 gets my vote! And there's nothing really wrong with 4 either, except a bit of overkill on clarity.
Thanks. So I can learn, what about #2 swayed you over #1 and #3? Trying to only buy one engagement diamond in my life
Ha! Good plan.


I chose it for the crown and pavilion angles (along with everything else). They are what drive the diamonds engine, so they are important. As GIA rounds those numbers, we're never totally certain what they are exactly. The numbers on 2 and 4 are the safest there are. Either one should be lovely!
I prefer #3.

Ellen, those are BN Signature stone, the GCAL numbers are not rounded as much as GIA.
 

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Date: 3/19/2009 2:28:41 PM
Author: steve0617
OK seems we have a consensus going. Now, why #2 versus the other ones?

Thanks
They all have potential but I agree with Ellen and prefer the second diamond due to the proportions.
 

Ellen

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Date: 3/19/2009 2:46:54 PM
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Ellen, those are BN Signature stone, the GCAL numbers are not rounded as much as GIA.
Oh, I never even looked at that, only looked at the GIA report, doing 10 things here! But yes, those numbers would be more accurate. But I still pick 2.

Steve, what I said was correct, but as Sc pointed out, the other report would be a bit more accurate. You can file away what I said though for in the future. While you hopefully only get engaged once, there are always Bdays, Anni's, Vday......
 

steve0617

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Date: 3/19/2009 3:16:22 PM
Author: Ellen
Date: 3/19/2009 2:46:54 PM

Author: Stone-cold11


Ellen, those are BN Signature stone, the GCAL numbers are not rounded as much as GIA.
Oh, I never even looked at that, only looked at the GIA report, doing 10 things here! But yes, those numbers would be more accurate. But I still pick 2.


Steve, what I said was correct, but as Sc pointed out, the other report would be a bit more accurate. You can file away what I said though for in the future. While you hopefully only get engaged once, there are always Bdays, Anni''s, Vday......
Right, which is why I said engagement diamond
 

steve0617

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Whew... OK, just ordered #2. Deep cleansing breathes deep cleansing breaths....
. Now if I only I could convince her Vegas (and Elvis) is the perfect place for a reception!
 

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Date: 3/19/2009 3:35:20 PM
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Whew... OK, just ordered #2. Deep cleansing breathes deep cleansing breaths....
. Now if I only I could convince her Vegas (and Elvis) is the perfect place for a reception!
I think you made a great choice - congrats!! Please post pics when you get it!
 

steve0617

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Date: 3/19/2009 3:46:37 PM
Author: Lorelei
Date: 3/19/2009 3:35:20 PM

Author: steve0617

Whew... OK, just ordered #2. Deep cleansing breathes deep cleansing breaths....
. Now if I only I could convince her Vegas (and Elvis) is the perfect place for a reception!
I think you made a great choice - congrats!! Please post pics when you get it!
Thanks! Now I just need to call Bardeen''s again and get going on the setting.
 

Ellen

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Date: 3/19/2009 3:35:20 PM
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Whew... OK, just ordered #2. Deep cleansing breathes deep cleansing breaths....
. Now if I only I could convince her Vegas (and Elvis) is the perfect place for a reception!
lol Congrats, you got a great stone! Come back with pics when it''s finished if you can, we''d love to see it!
 
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