Petrified newbie here, looking for some help. The backstory - I've getting ready to propose, and one of the earlier talks with my lady was that we're doing a 3 carat engagement ring. Fine. I've done fairly well for myself, I can afford it, and I start looking for something in the $40k range on Blue Nile, G/H around VS1/VS2. Then, the other day, I make the mistake of taking her to Cartier as part of New Year's shopping. While buying some other things, she glances over at the diamonds on offer, and is struck by how particularly sparkly they looked. Strike's up a conversation with one of the staff, and before I know it she's been informed that VSS1/VSS2 and D through F are what the best diamonds are, that's why those diamonds in the display sparkle so much, blah blah blah. Soooo... I'm now still looking for something 3 carat, but now it has to be a VSS and an D/E/F 😂.
Obviously, the price just jumped up dramatically. Aside from wanting to jump out of the (second story) building, I'm now petrified given the very high expense of these super-expensive stones that I might be overlooking something else. I've read up on fluorescence, depth/table, etc., but still was hoping for a bit of hand-holding from some of the experts here! In particular, I've found found this particularly nice diamond for an 'affordable' $70k or so on B2C: https://www.b2cjewels.com/dd/12107975/round-diamond-F-color-VVS2-Clarity?sku=12107975.
For me, this is particularly time-sensitive since these large stones only have a 10-day return policy, and I'm potentially flying back from China (prices here are CRAZY) to the States to look at this diamond, do a second independent appraisal, blah blah. Timing's gonna be tight. Is there anything else in particular besides the basics (the four C's, etc.) that I should look out for and beware of, and what else should I be asking for before taking the plunge? I've seen some terms like IdealScope and what not thrown around; is this I should be pushing for? Thanks so much in advance!
If anyone has some hot tips on large diamonds like this in general (or have good access), I'd love to chat as well 😂.