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Replaced my engagement ring center stone - THRILLED with the results!

OECfan

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A few weeks ago, I posted here asking for help with the cut of my engagement ring center stone. I had considered replacing my main diamond for a few years now, as I realized a few years after we got married (and after having more exposure to diamonds) that my dull stone was making me not love my ring as much. Thanks to those who took time to read my thread and respond.

Today, I received my ring back from my jeweler with the new diamond. I hadn't intended on upgrading specs - I just wanted a better cut, but it just so happened that I got a nice little bump in stone specs along with a huge improvement in cut. The new stone is also graded as a VS2 but the single feather is on the underside near the corner and the plot overall is super clean.

Because of the larger size, I was able to fill the air line/gap in my halo setting - again, wasn't really something I necessarily wanted to do because I never minded the really thin airline that I had, but WOW the difference is huge! Thanks to the poster in my other thread who suggested I go a little bigger to fill the air line.

Old stone specs: 0.70 ct, G VS2, princess cut, excellent polish and very good symmetry
New stone specs: 1.00 ct F VS2, HOF Dream cut, excellent (GIA)/ideal (AGS) polish and symmetry

Now (left) and then (right). My old diamond looked dirty even when it wasn't, though it was a G.

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Old stone (on ring) and new stone (on tray). The day I finalized my decision:

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Video of old stone:
Note it's watery and kind of dirty looking even though I just cleaned it for this photo. The sunlight was maybe going straight through, making it look tinted?



New stone in shade :kiss2:



New stone in sunlight



I wanted high contrast and clear faceting pattern, things my old diamond didn't have. The new one delivers:


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lulu_ma

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Congrats! Your old stone was pretty, but the new stone is a beauty!
 

Bron357

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Absolutely Stunning and a perfect example of why cut is so important.
enjoy, it’s a beauty.
 

Piper70

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Wow! It looks beautiful! I have to say I don’t like airlines so I love the way it looks now!!
 

LoveMeDo

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Congratulations!! This stone looks perfect in your setting! I love that you closed the airline, it all flows seamlessly!
 

Dandi

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Oh my, what a beautiful upgrade! Your previous stone was lovely, but the new one is just spectacular!
 

gregchang35

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Congrats!! It looks so at home in that setting! Well done!
 

sledge

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Looks great! Job well done.

Most importantly I can hear the joy for the new stone in your post. So glad to see it turn out well for you!
 

OECfan

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Looks great! Job well done.

Most importantly I can hear the joy for the new stone in your post. So glad to see it turn out well for you!

sledge, I’m super happy with this new diamond, really couldn’t have asked for any better!

I couldn’t ever imagine paying retail for a HOF diamond. Lots of people here don’t want preloved diamonds so their loss is my gain!
 

bright&shiny

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Congratulations! I have a POH ER and love it, yours looks absolutely like it belongs in the setting. Brilliant!!!!
 

Dizzie

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Awesome, the difference is visible at a first glance. Enjoy your new stone and revamped ring. It looks gorgeous on you!!!
 

LLJsmom

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Congratulations! Your new center stone is beautiful. So glad you are enjoying it.
 
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