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Opinions on these 3 emerald cut LGDs?

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Hi guys! Hoping to get some help choosing between a few emerald cut LGDs from two different vendors. I have a strong preference for one over the others, but my boyfriend is less sure and asked me to seek outside opinions! I’ve looked at each closely and have drawn my own conclusions, but the dude wants me to refrain from tipping my hat in this post in order to get the most objective responses possible. I’m also no expert, so my conclusions may be way wrong!

For context, we are looking for a ~3.4-3.8ct EC for my engagement ring. All-in (setting included), our budget is $30k. Any of the below should keep us within budget, but of course the boy would prefer to spend less, all things being equal. Our priorities, from most to least important:

  1. Well-cut! Lively, fun to look at, nice flashing facets, etc.
  2. Clarity: VS1 or better
  3. Ratio: as elongated as I can get (realistically, ~1.5)
  4. Color: meh, I’m basically color agnostic.

Diamond A:

Price: $18,100

3.47ct D VS1 Ex./V.G.
  • 10.59 x 7.10 x 4.82 mm (1.49:1)
  • Table: 63%
  • Depth: 67.9%
  • GIA report
Images:

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Diamond B:

Price: $19,050

3.74 E VS1 V.G / V.G.
  • 10.73 x 7.28x 4.92 mm (1.47)
  • Table: 62%
  • Depth: 67.6%
  • GIA report
Images:

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Diamond C:

Price: $24,000

3.75 G VS1 Ex./Ex.
  • 11.05 x 7.37 x 4.81 mm (1.50)
  • Table: 64%
  • Depth: 65.3%
  • IGI report
Images:

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ASET, IS, DiBox:
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Thank you!
 

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monipod

Brilliant_Rock
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Hey there. I'm guessing A and B are from the same vendor based on their video footage, and sadly they don't really showcase the stones as well as the videos for stone C. As such, you get a better idea of performance for C. It's substantially more expensive than A and B though, in spite of them being DEF stones so that's curious. I liked B, but it's worth bringing on of the stones from the other vendor to see if you like them more or less than C in real life.
 

lovedogs

Super_Ideal_Rock
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I prefer C because you have so much more info about performance and bc I trust Jonathan
 

oncrutchesrightnow

Shiny_Rock
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You didn’t mention size... You might be able to notice the face-up size difference between C and A even though the mm difference looks small on paper. If you care about size more than color, go with C. If you care about color more than size, go with A. IMHO I like A better than B because I like the contrast.
 
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You didn’t mention size... You might be able to notice the face-up size difference between C and A even though the mm difference looks small on paper. If you care about size more than color, go with C. If you care about color more than size, go with A. IMHO I like A better than B because I like the contrast.

Thank you for your take!

Interesting that you prefer Diamond A — I honestly thought everyone would say it’s too dark! Further proof that I have no idea what I’m looking at :lol:.

C definitely faces up bigger than both A & B (8% more than A, 4% more than B). I just received C in the mail today (with a good returns policy), and I can’t imagine wanting to go too much smaller. Here’s a couple diamond database comparisons — A vs. C, and B vs. C (C is on the right in both pics):


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I’m not too worried about color. Diamond C appeared whiter than I expected for an IGI G — I guess I’m not that color sensitive!

Here she blows:
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oncrutchesrightnow

Shiny_Rock
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Messages
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If you are mainly concerned with L/W then C is your stone. I love skinny emeralds and C looks awesome. I would not call A or B skinny.
 
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