by treeskier85 » Sep 14, 2018 I’m very excited to be in the process of purchasing an engagement ring for my girlfriend. After browsing this forum for the last couple weeks, I’ve learned a lot about diamonds and what to look for. That being said, I’m certainly no expert and would appreciate any advice you could provide for my upcoming purchase. Preferences are as follows: Budget: $12-15k Weight: 1.3-1.5ct Cut: Round Ideal Color: E-G Clarity: VS2 or higher I'd appreciate your thoughts on the following. Also, I'm not tied to these stones only, so please feel free to suggest other options. Thanks in advance! WF ACA - 1.422ct, F, VS2 WF ACA – 1.43ct, G, VS1* BGD – 1.312ct, E, VS2** BGD – 1.27ct, F, VS2** *Any concerns about feathers on girdle edge compromising the integrity of the stone? Also, ASET image shows some green under the table facet at 2 o'clock, and both red and green in the center of the stone. Will this impact brightness or is it negligible? **I’ve read that the Black by Brian Gavin diamonds may have slightly better visual performance than many ACA stones due to even better cutting precision and polishing. While this may be true, I realize that both ACA and BGD are ideal cut diamonds, so I’m curious if the difference is significant enough to justify the price premium (if I go with BGD, I’d have to sacrifice ~0.1-0.2ct in size vs. WF ACA to stay within budget).