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kzanton

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Hello pricescope members,
I am rather new to diamond searching but have been reading quite a lot.
After doing my research I was able to narrow my search down to two stones: round and pear. I have setting decided for both (yellow gold), so want to make sure there isn't anything in the details I am missing. 4Cs seem to be good on both, except colour - which I hope could be mitigated by YG.
Pear ($1580 before pricescope discount):
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/J-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Pear-Diamond-1326053.asp

Round ($1520 before pricescope discount):
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/K-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1370651.asp

Are the retails adequate, or am I overpaying for the quality I am getting?

GIA reports for both are available on the pages. Any feedback is highly appreciated.
Thank you
Anton
 

farmer gal

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tyty333

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The round should be a very nice stone. For the pear you need to request an aset image from JA to determine the light return.
They will do up to 3 free of charge. Pears are not easy to pick. They will show more color than a round. They wont have the
light return of a round. This one does have a lovely shape and pears usually do face up large for their weight but when people
buy pears it because they love the shape and are willing to take a hit on the light return compared with a round. Just want
to make sure you realize this.

No real indication from your GF of what shape she likes better? Is there anyone you might be able to ask? I am a pear lover
(see avatar) but I know they are not for everyone.

Edit ...like F-gal said, a J pear is probably going to show a little color in the tip.

Edit again...here is a tread with pear pictures you might want to take a look at
[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/pears-fan-club.147386/?hilit=pear']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/pears-fan-club.147386/?hilit=pear[/URL] fan club
 

kzanton

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Thanks guys.
I am thinking if putting the round diamond in this setting:
http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/pave/ring/item_412-4104.asp
Hoping that yellow gold will help offset the K colour of the brilliant. Is that true? Do you think 0.72 will be too small to stand out enough?

Regarding the pear, your feedback is much apprecited. To be honest I don't know whether my girlfriend is into the shape. She likes bigger, unique stones which brought me down the fancy cut path a little. With all the complications you listed I will probably reconsider, given my lack of info.

Anton
 

nfowife

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I think the .72 round will be a nice size, unless she has very large fingers. One thing to think about is the pave on that setting might contrast with the K color- it will likely be fine, but I want to mention it.

A pear will have more "finger coverage" just looking at the dimensions. Here's another pear, I don't know anything about pears technically speaking, but it sure looks nice:
http://rockdiamond.com/index.php/jewelry/loose-diamond-76ct-pear-shape-fsi2-gorgeous-stone-r3976
 

ml2

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Hi Anton - people have different opinions about what type of metal helps "whiten" a warm-colored stone, but my thought with this setting (which is beautiful!) is if you think she'd prefer a white appearance in the center stone, the F-G sidestones in the setting might make a K center stone's color realy stand out by contrast... I've read on here and been told by jewelers to try to stay within 2 color grades for a more uniform look (so an I center)... something to consider!
 

kzanton

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Appreciate all the responses guys! Pricescope is awesome :)
I confirmed with JA that I could replace the pave stones on the setting with lower grade diamonds. Would you recommend to change those to I-J to make sure they don't contrast K coloured centre stone too much?

Thank you
Anton
 

kzanton

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Would you guys recommend to do the reverse and try to find a better coloured stone instead?
It will be stretching the budget, so want to make sure the option with J coloured pave stones will not work.

Thank you
 

slg47

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ml2

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I'm pretty sensitive to color so my fiance and I actually went slightly down in size to get less color - but that's REALLY subjective - some people really like the honey color of a warm diamond, some people don't perceive color as much as others and others find H-I-J-K stones that face up really white! do you know if your GF has a clear preference on this? I just raised the issue of pave contrasting with the center stone because it seemed like you were concerned about seeing color... getting side stones in a closer range will definitely make the overall appearance more uniform and contrast less, but I don't know that it would make the whole ring look whiter if that's what you're going for. If you want whiter, moving up a grade or two to be safe is a good idea if your budget allows and, as slg47 said, you could go with a simpler setting instead of raising your overall budget...

some ideas if your total budget is around/under $3,000 (call to see if SIs are eye clean)

http://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-2618033.htm
http://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-2643784.htm
http://www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/diamond-settings/legato-sleek-line-pave-diamond-engagement-ring-422.htm
http://www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/caroline-solitaire-engagement-ring-by-vatche-251.htm
 
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