- Aug 21, 2020
This is a prime example of the stringent vetting thatdiamonds undergo. They all look amazing and nearly indistinguishable from one another!
I'd probably lean towards one with the slightly steeper crown angle, but that is just an "in my brain" thing, as any of these will have outstanding light performance.
You could just as easily write each one on a scrap of paper, put them in a hat, close your eyes and pick one, and be stoked about the result left to random chance.
First off, go put your favorite or all 3 on reserve so no one “snipes” them out from under you.
I went to look at the videos. To me the 1.513 and 1.628 seemed more firey than the 1.63 in the sparkle videos.
Also I noticed there is roughly $1,000 jump between each stone. So the 1.628 costs $1k more and the 1.63 costs $2k more than the 1.513.
Spread is nearly identical in the 1.628 and 1.630 which is expected given how close the proportions are on all these stones. Essentially both measure nearly 7.55mm. The 1.513 measures slightly smaller at 7.40mm but it’s not drastic IMO.
I struggle to see a distinct advantage for the 1.630. It offers no size increase. It isn’t more firey and it costs the most. So I would personally eliminate that one.
For me, the tougher decision is between the 1.513 and the 1.628. To my eyes, the 1.513 sparkle video looks more lively than the 1.628 but it’s close. Also I appreciate the small size increase in spread of the 1.628, although it’s not likely noticeable except in a side by side comparison. I also prefer the contrast of the 1.628, which is visible from the website photos and also the ones your SA took separately in the comparison.
All factors considered, I like the 1.628 best. It offers amazing fire, nice size, the best contrast and appears to be a middle ground on budget.
I honestly can hardly tell the difference between them. The sizes will look the same IRL so I would likely choose the cheapest one since all are amazing
You’re very welcome. Glad it helped.
If you noticed, the feather is listed 4th from the top. The order of each inclusion is important. AGS lists top to bottom with the very top inclusion being what we call the grade setting inclusion, or “worst”. As you go down the list the severity of the inclusion is less.
On GIA, they do similar except they read left to right with the far left (no pun intended, lol) being the “worst” inclusion and those further to the right as less severe.
The above said, in your case we are talking VS1 clarity so I have no concerns whatsoever. On top of stellar clarity, the feather is the 4th and least impactful inclusion. The clouds and surface graining not shown in the notes is not of concern either. It’s so minute they didn’t plot.
There is a nasty little note everyone should be concerned about that “clarity is based on clouds not shown”. That likely means the stone is hazy and has transparency issues.
Many people get these subtle differences in the notes mixed up. Just to reaffirm, neither the feather or clouds note on the 1.628 is of any concern. Rather this is simply part of their personality.
There is a one point seven five three H vee ess two that I want you to take a look at (I'm not posting the link so it doesn't get sniped by a lurker).
It is approx 0.2mm bigger in diameter than the 1.6 class diamonds that you are asking about.
Be sure to check out the brilliance video to determine if you would be OK with the subtle color tint...and keep in mind that will take care of you with their outstanding return/exchange policy.
Notice the LGF and crown angle...that's a recipe for some nice chunky fire!
Here are some others to check out:
1.754 G VS1 but about $500 over budget
...appears to be a low G color (closer to F)
...34.8° CA, 40.8° PA, and 77% LGF
1.703 G VS1 around $150 under budget
...appears to be a high G (closer to H)
...34.7° CA, 40.9° PA, and 76% LGF
1.520 F VS2 around $2500 under budget
...comparable to the 1.513 F VS1
...34.7° CA, 40.7° PA, and 76% LGF
If none of these strike your fancy, then I would say it comes down to deciding between the 1.513 and 1.628 that you originally mentioned.
I would also like to suggest you reach out toand see if they can mock up the 1.753 H mentioned earlier into a WG halo setting similar to what you plan on buying and provide pictures and a rotational video...just to see if a probable color sensitivity issue would exist with such a combo.