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Choosing between these 2 diamonds

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Hi everyone,

I'm new here but I'm hoping you can give me some advice about two diamonds that I'm choosing between for an engagement ring. First I'll tell you what they have in common, then the differences + GIA. Both are princess shape diamonds. They both have excellent polish, very good symmetry, and 1.00 L/W ratios. Now the differences:

  • Diamond "A" (2195752134): 0.8 c, F color, SI1, no fluor., 74.3% depth, 70% table, thick girdle. PRICE: $1,798
    • Rarecarat "cut" rating: "Very Good"
    • Video available here: http://www.fourmine.com/shop/diamond/718426318 
  • Diamond "B" (5313746668): 0.85 c, I color, VVS1, faint fluor., 72.2% depth, 71% table, slightly thick to thick girdle. PRICE: $1,987
    • Rarecarat "cut" rating: "Excellent"
    • No photo/video available

The setting for each of those will be a 14k white gold halo ring with a split shank that has no side gems. The halo gems are 10 round stones that are G-H in color and VS1-VS2 in clarity, totaling 0.55 carats.

Thanks in advance for the advice!

Edited by tempestofnight
fluor mistake + added halo gem specs

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You are comparing apples with pears... and we know very little about the apple and the pear in the comparison.

A GIA report does not contain enough information to assess cut (no matter what rarecarat may or may not say). The single photo available on the link you posted only shows that the included crystal might (or might not) be visible with the naked eye, but is unlikely to be bothersome. No information of comparative nature on cut is available, so we are back at the apple-to-pear stage.

FWIW, everything else being equal I would choose an F/SI1 over an I/VVS1, but 1) that's me, not you and 2) we don't know if everything else is equal; chances are it's not (to start with, the I is very slightly but just visibly bigger).


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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43 minutes ago, davidelevi said:

You are comparing apples with pears... and we know very little about the apple and the pear in the comparison.

A GIA report does not contain enough information to assess cut (no matter what rarecarat may or may not say). The single photo available on the link you posted only shows that the included crystal might (or might not) be visible with the naked eye, but is unlikely to be bothersome. No information of comparative nature on cut is available, so we are back at the apple-to-pear stage.

FWIW, everything else being equal I would choose an F/SI1 over an I/VVS1, but 1) that's me, not you and 2) we don't know if everything else is equal; chances are it's not (to start with, the I is very slightly but just visibly bigger).

Thanks for your reply! Some people have had trouble opening the video for that diamond. There is definitely more than one single photo. This link should work for you, but please let me know if you still have trouble: 

https://dna.stonehdfile.com/Vision360.html?d=718426318

This is for option A. Like I said unfortunately there seems to be no way to get pictures/video for option B

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The link works - but it doesn't add much information, other than confirming that the stone is likely to be eye-clean at a first glance but if you look for the crystals you will find them (with good eyesight and lighting). The cut is not bad, but neither is it wonderful - as far as these things can be assessed from the video.

Most importantly, there is no comparative information to the other stone, which still leaves you with the dilemma of what to choose.


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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