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Griffeyjr24

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Hey everyone! I have been reading for a while to try to get as much knowledge as I can about diamonds, but would still like some advice before I take the dive! Budget for the entire ring is about $6500, so with the setting I have chosen, the diamond budget is right around $4750.

Going with this setting:
http://www.brilliantearth.com/Waverly-Diamond-Ring-(1/2-ct.-tw..)-White-Gold-BE1M64-1152690/?did=1975117



Two diamonds I have been considering:

http://www.jamesallen.com/mobile/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.01-carat-e-color-vs1-clarity-sku-1064551

Vs

http://www.brilliantearth.com/rings/cyorings/view_diamond/1975117/?sid=1152690

Any help at all on why I should or shouldn't buy one of these diamonds, or links to better options would be awesome.

Thank you so much!
 

tyty333

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Unfortunately fancy cuts (anything besides round) can not be judged by the numbers. We need up close images so the only one
I can comment on is the JA stone and maybe recommend a couple of others to look at. You can request up to 3 asets at JA
(If the stone is local to them...NY area). Dont request without asking about the stones first...dont want to waste them.

The JA stone you picked is decent (not great thought). It has some nice light return through the center and some nice facets
on the N/S and E/W ends. I would just like to see MORE nice facets through the center.


This one is a little nicer because it has more facets returning light through the center headed towards the N/S ends.
(N/S ends are on the long length of the stone. E/W ends are on the shorter length of the stone.) It is also longer than the
one you picked above but a tad thinner.
http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.00-carat-e-color-si1-clarity-sku-917513

This is a 4 main which usually isnt my favorite but this one is pretty bright though the center.
http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.01-carat-e-color-vs2-clarity-sku-885260

These are the only 2 decent ones I could find at JA in your specs.

Please do not try to buy an oval without seeing pictures first. There are a lot of ugly ovals out... :(
 

Griffeyjr24

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Sorry to double post - but if I buy a loose diamond from JA, and the setting from BE, do you have any suggestions on how to get that diamond set, any pointers for the process? A local jewelry store perhaps? Sorry for all of these rookie questions.
 

3Bean

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What I was planning on doing with mine was to purchase both, then arrange for the diamond to be sent to the setting seller. The company with the setting would give an order number or instructions that you tell the diamond seller for shipping. The diamond seller ships the diamond to the setting seller. Then once the diamond is set, the setting seller sends you the ring. I ended up getting the diamond and setting from one seller, so that made things simplier.
 

Griffeyjr24

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Thanks 3 bean.

Brilliant Earth is going to send actual pictures of the diamond so I'll post those when I get them. Any other help or tips is appreciated in the mean time!
 

Gypsy

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You need an ASET scope image with ovals too. Not just a regular image.

The entire purpose of faceting a diamond is to reflect light.
How well or how poorly a diamond does this determines how beautiful it is.
How well a diamond performs is determined by the proportions and the faceting. This is why we say cut is king.
No other factor: not color, not clarity has as much of an impact on the appearance of a diamond as its cut.
With ovals all that matters is the faceting and the performance of the stone. By performance we mean: how well it reflects light because this determines how bright the stone is, how much it sparkles, and how lively it is. And how big it looks. A well performing diamond will always look larger than a diamond with compromised performance, even if the compromised stone has actually larger dimensions. With ovals what you need to determine this is images of the stone. Preferrably a video And finally an ASET scope image.

So what is an ASET scope image and why is it important? http://highperformancediamonds.com/education/performance-tutorial/

Basically an ASET tells you how well the diamond you are evaluating reflects light and where the light is coming from. This matters.


So that's what you need to focus on.
 

Griffeyjr24

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Wow thank you so much Gypsy! That information really clears things up for me. I'm going to request some ASET images and I'll post them here when I get them.

Again thank you so much!
 

Griffeyjr24

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Gypsy

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Last one is great. Other two are a no. First one is a bowtie that doesn't look like it blends the second is dead.
 
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