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Trying to find an Oval Engagement Ring...not sure I’m getting my money’s worth

Maroonandwhite

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Hello all,

In the process of picking out an engagement ring, and spent some time with my family jeweler this past weekend.

I’m currently looking at a 2.01 carat oval, with the following dimensions:

10.37 x 7.02 x 4.43 mm
2.01 carat
Color Grade: H
Clarity Grade: SI2

GIA #2346089718

out the door, band included (~$600), the walkout price discussed with just under $17,000.

Is this a good price for a diamond of this quality? To be honest, I’m worried I will not be happy with the color of the diamond. Obviously, I’m new to this industry and I just want to make sure I’m getting the best bang for my buck, so to speak.
Thank you in advance for any help provided!
 

Maroonandwhite

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I am located in Texas. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to take a video, and only snapped a few photos, I apologize for the quality of them. E92922A0-2D0B-4678-B21F-20472A77F0C4.jpeg 57C34C83-9912-4627-8E10-18809CF8ADA7.jpeg F00BE74D-831D-46AB-9CE8-41A50378F520.jpeg
 

lovedogs

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Unfortunately we need more accurate pictures in order to be helpful.
 

Polabowla

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I have an h color that never looks yellow; but yours does in some photos.
 

Maroonandwhite

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Thanks for the help so far!

Currently working to get some better photos.
The GIA Certificate number is below:

GIA #2346089718
 

tyty333

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Prices range between $7100 to $13.4k at James Allen for 2-2.05 H/SI2 ovals.

Edit

$12.1k to $15.1k at Blue Nile.

You should expect to pay a little more at a Brick and mortar because they provide you a place to look at the stones.
 

Maroonandwhite

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Just got a few more photos from the jeweler, my stone is on the right, and an example F stone to the left. 533D82C4-4F70-4A5B-A7A9-B46DFD4A7DCF.jpeg

I also got a video, but not sure how to post.
 

canuk-gal

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HI:

If it were me, I would hesitate to buy a ER that was an S12 cuz if anything gets inspected at close range....it is an ER. What did you think about the grade making inclusions?

BTW have looked at this site? Beautiful ovals


cheers--Sharon
 

Maroonandwhite

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Everyone, thank you for your help so far, it's been extremely beneficial. I've made the decision to keep searching for the perfect stone. My parameters (2.0 carat oval, F or better, VS2 or better, $15,000 or lower) are giving me lots of options.

If you diamond experts had my parameters, what diamond would you go with? examples would be great here, because I really feel like I don't know what i'm doing when it comes to finding the right stone.


Additionally, after doing some more research, I am starting to realize I might need to look at Lab grown diamonds as well. I know this is not the proper forum for this, but can anyone point me in the right direction?
 

KKJohnson

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Maroonandwhite

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Thank you for the examples, I like both of them!

Yes, my future wife has no problems with lab grown diamonds, and to be honest, I think she would rather have the biggest/brightest lab diamond vs a smaller organic.
 

KKJohnson

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Thank you for the examples, I like both of them!

Yes, my future wife has no problems with lab grown diamonds, and to be honest, I think she would rather have the biggest/brightest lab diamond vs a smaller organic.
Gotcha, I can’t recommend a good vendor for lab stones as I’m just not familiar with them. I did look at the JA ones and I wasn’t impressed.
 

lovedogs

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Thank you for the examples, I like both of them!

Yes, my future wife has no problems with lab grown diamonds, and to be honest, I think she would rather have the biggest/brightest lab diamond vs a smaller organic.
Then I would get her one! Look on the MMD sub-forum for some good suggestions!
 

AV_

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There is no reason not to expect that not mined diamonds will cost more than hundreds per carat irrespective of weight, in the very near future. Synthetic sapphires have already gone through this a century ago, so now you can have one at their rock bottom; they are a classical engagement ring stone.

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looking for an oval & finding not much to show, in fact
 
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AV_

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There is no reason not to expect that not mined diamonds will cost more than hundreds per carat irrespective of weight, in the very near future. Synthetic sapphires have already gone through this a century ago, so now you can have one at their rock bottom; they are a classical engagement ring stone.
 
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