I only was able to look online because of the pandemic. And with our budget + size it kinda what was available. It's a lab diamond - From the certificate - it seemed like an amazing option since it had very little flaws. I just don't know what is or isnt normal sparkle. Here is the certificate:Did you get a GIA grading report with the purchase? That might be useful to getting some further opinions. Was there a thorough shopping process or was this just picked out from a retailer's inventory on more of an impulse basis? Did the budget and weight requirements work just fine or did the size dictate some compromise in cut quality? Did color and clarity minimums have any effect on the choice?
There are many factors leading to how this diamond was selected which we don't know about. You can't have a cotton budget when you want all the benefits of silk. However, smart compromises are what makes many diamonds not only affordable, but good choices. If it was easy, there'd be little need for Pricescope. Hopefully, you will get some advice and answers that give you better understanding of your diamond. The GIA report is a good place to start.
Hi DS, I don't think it is a cut issue.Cut is the key to sparkle and light return, and unfortunately, many modern cushions are not well cut and will not have anywhere near the light return/performance of an ideal cut round. I would definitely return it if you can. Then get some help from people here finding a diamond with better cut. You'll need to be in the man made diamond sub-forum, though.
Hi! It was dirty in many of the pics - I also think I may not have a rational/ sane way of thinking about diamonds. I thought they should always have rainbows or at least a lot. Mine only does in certain lighting. Additionally - it does go dark in direct sunlight which is a good sign I readHi @Additionalmatter did cleaning make a difference for you? You’ve gotten some good info already, but you might also want to look at this thread about cushions:
you are correct! that is a dirty diamond - it even has my dog's hair on it. lol. And yes it does go dark in direct sunlight - It turns a dark grey/blue. I had no idea that was a positive sign!
Here ya go!may we please see a picture after you have cleaned it ?
im guessing its a keeper now
Oh wow, I read lots of GCAL reports when I was looking for a diamond. Here are the latest videos after I cleaned it. I do think it does get a lot of light but it's so confusing in terms of sparkle. It's so different under different lighting. What are your thoughts on performance?Sorry for the very late response, but I believe you answered the question yourself. My company is GCAL, a diamond and gem lab, and we actually measure and provide light performance analysis on our certificates. But that said, if the diamond "Doesn't sparkle how I was hoping" - then that diamond may not be for you. Our certs provide lots of information, but your eyes should make the final determination. Just saying..... Curious what you decided.
Yeah, I mean I just dont know, it looks amazing in certain light. Like low light, artificial light and sunlight but dull other times. The certificate gives no indication on light performance. But thanks again for taking a look. I appreciate itReally can't tell the actual light performance of a diamond from this or most non professional videos. But again, what's most important is not what our Certificate (or other labs' Reports) say, it's what your eye sees. If the brilliance (light returning to your eye) makes you go "wow", that's the answer. Lots of good luck!