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  1. Phew, I'm glad you think the same way about the stone @davidelevi! I tried my best, keeping in mind your advices. A lot of pressure though given the price tag. Thanks again Davide! And likewise, wishing you good health and joy always! Take care. 🙂 Best, Ivana
  2. Hi @davidelevi, I have an update for you We finally secured the stone! We ended up have to purchase through a jeweler in Hong Kong. And... this is the one we chose: https://www.bluenile.com/hk/diamond-details/LD14732842?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails&catalogView=true I know on the down side the girdle is very thick, but I think it has great light performance and contrast pattern. What do you think? Before this, we actually tried to purchase 2 other stones (the ones that I asked your opinion here before), but the sales didn't come through. The first one because by some silly luck someone else got to it first, and the second one the jeweler couldn't secure shipment to Hong Kong. Here's the 1st and 2nd stone we tried to order, if you're curious.. 1st stone https://www.bluenile.com/hk/diamond-details/LD15476438?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails 2nd stone https://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD14371503?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails&catalogView=true Anyway... with the 2 failed attempts and plenty of time to rethink the purchase, I realize that I can get a 3ct if go down to G color and take a stone with faint fluorescence. I remember you mentioned fluorescent is a non-issue, unless it's strong+. So I did, and I think it all worked out for the better! 😁 What can I say, a girl just can't say no to a bigger stone! LOL! I would like to thank you again for your help and guidance Davide, it really has helped me a lot during this whole process. Couldn't be more grateful..
  3. Hahaha, I like that! Although, I will probably exhaust my jewelry budget for the next few years with this diamond 😅 Thank you and will definitely do!
  4. LOL! It's like you read my mind! Definitely feeling the pressure here. Who knew choosing the right diamond is harder than the right guy! 😂 Thanks! I think am gonna have a final search, step back a bit, then come back and decide in a day or two. My eyes need a break from all these diamonds!
  5. Understood.. Let me go over my search once again, and see if I miss anything. And then I guess I have to take a leap of faith and actually choose one! Wish me luckkk! Will report back here. Thanks again for your guidance Davide and for taking the time to explain things to clueless me! I can't thank you enough!
  6. Okay, that's a fantastic analogy, I think I get it now. And yes, I've also been wondering why all these vendors use this turntable format! That's definitely not how we're gonna see the stone once it's on our finger, duh! And thank you for this Davide, I guess there's no absolute guideline huh, it's still down to each individual's preference. Well, at the very least I can spot a dark stone though (talking about the local stone) haha! Can you believe it's one of the prominent jewelers here that recommended that stone as, and I quote, "the best option". Hmm, this is new to me. Learning more everyday! How does this affect the diamond? I've read guidelines that depth should between 60 to 67% and table size should be between 61 to 69% (vary slightly between sources). For Depth, my understanding is it relates to windowing, extinction, and face up size. But I have no idea about table size and its impact on the diamond's performance. I just add it to the filter during my search, just because they said so, LOL. Oh and some guidelines also mention the crown height. But how do I get that information though, It's not in the GIA certificate right?
  7. @davidelevi Oh dear, contrast is actually good? I might have gone about this all wrong then. I avoided stones with darker areas altogether! Are you possibly saying, something like these are better? Also, should I worry about fluorescence? https://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD15476438?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails https://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD15123798?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails https://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD15454100?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/emerald-cut/2.50-carat-f-color-vvs1-clarity-sku-10986707 Thanks again Davide, you're my lifesaver! Best regards, Ivana
  8. Hi @davidelevi Thank you so much for your feedback, albeit the less than ideal information/circumstances. I do realize that trying to pick an emerald cut diamond without seeing it in person is tricky to say the least. However, sadly emerald cut is unpopular (a major understatement) here in Indonesia, where Bali is in case you’re wondering. None of the jeweler has any EC in stock, in fact most tried to dissuade me from getting one. That said, they would be able source the stone that I like, with the GIA number. Hence the conundrum of choosing online. I do in fact like a more squarish EC, I reckon in the range of 1.3 to 1.4 L/W ratio would be my sweet spot. Hence my preference for Stone #1 and #2. A follow up question if you don’t mind: - For Stone #1, the 2.7 ct, G color, VVS1, thick to very thick girdle. Other than the smaller face up, does the thick girdle has any other negative impact? I do love how fiery it looks in the video, or do you think it’s merely a shooting/lighting effect? I am concerned however at the many feathers on 1 side (marked on the certificate), although I can’t see it in the video. Been staring at it for a while, I make it play in a loop, haha! Do you think I should be concerned with those feathers? Will they affect the light performance? - Stone #2, the 2.52 ct, F color, IF, slightly thick girdle, it surely is pricey! At the top of our budget I would say. But if it’s perfectly cut, I guess I can justify spending that much. When you say IF clarity unlikely to be maintained, do you mind elaborating a bit? Do you mean it’s gonna get all scratched up anyway from wear and tear? To wrap up, do you think either Stone #1 or #2 is well cut? If so, which one you think has better performance? If both are equally well-cut, I would probably go with Stone #1. I do realize it will look smaller than its carat size, but then it is also cheaper. I did an area calculation (a bit extra, I know), face up it comes up around the same size as Stone #2. Thanks again David for taking the time to share your advice, I do so greatly appreciate it. Kind regards, Ivana
  9. Hi, I am currently looking for an emerald cut diamond in the 2.5 ct range for my engagement ring. Reading the thread and advices given here has helped me a lot, and I tried my best to choose the ones that I think met the guidelines. But it would give me great comfort if I can have your opinion on these stones. So far these 4 are my favorite, in the following order :D Stone 1 https://www.doamore.com/diamonds/18-50040/ Stone 2 https://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD14371503?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails Stone 3 (GIA attached, link to video below) https://www.dropbox.com/s/gbgsvett4y4dyz2/Stone%203.mp4?dl=0 Stone 4 https://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD15193683?refTab=DIAMONDS&track=viewDiamondDetails Stone 5 Also, am being offered this stone by my local jeweler. When I looked at it though, seems like there are some extinction in the middle of the stone (link to video below)? But please do correct me if I'm wrong. http://view360v.com/Forms/Vision360.html?d=0000780708&v=4&s=10 Thank you so much in advance! Grateful to have found a community like this. Best, Ivana
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