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Zoe Duong
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Hi everyone, 

Here come the diamond I have selected that after narrowing down the price and specs. 

Initially, I intended to purchase the Black by Brian Gavin 0.711 carat - G color - VS-2 diamond. However, yesterday I discovered this Brian Gavin Hearts and Arrows 0.711 carat - I color - VS-1 clarity which technically saves me $700. When putting these two stones side by side I couldn’t even tell the differences between them. The ASET images, sizes, inclusions are pretty much similar. Although one is G in colour and the other one is I in colour, there shouldn’t be much difference unless it is put side by side. Especially when the ring chosen material is rose gold, I’m not too particular on the warmth from the I colour. Now I’m so torn between these two for which one is a better option and worth the money spent. Could anyone please help me and shed some light on these two stones?

Thank you.  

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Hi Zoe, welcome to Diamond Review!

I'm not sure I can be of much help - both diamonds are very nice, and you are aware of the trade off with the colour; any cut differences are so minute that they will be completely invisible once the stone is set.

Ultimately, I think, it comes down to what you would do with the "saved" USD 730 (and any taxes on top) otherwise, and this is not something anyone else can know or tell you.

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Ask Brian or his peeps?  They do have a pony in this race so you need to take their advice with a grain of salt, but they're a pretty straightforward company.  They might just give you good advice.  Be fast, by the way, these things don't tend to stick around long. 

 

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14 hours ago, denverappraiser said:

Ask Brian or his peeps?  They do have a pony in this race so you need to take their advice with a grain of salt, but they're a pretty straightforward company.  They might just give you good advice.  Be fast, by the way, these things don't tend to stick around long. 

 

Hi Den, thank you for your suggestion. yes I think I may ask them to see what their opinion is. As we don't get to see the difference between these 2 stones through our computer screen. So his advice or at least his consultants can be helpful in this case :) 

On 8/30/2020 at 5:54 PM, davidelevi said:

Hi Zoe, welcome to Diamond Review!

I'm not sure I can be of much help - both diamonds are very nice, and you are aware of the trade off with the colour; any cut differences are so minute that they will be completely invisible once the stone is set.

Ultimately, I think, it comes down to what you would do with the "saved" USD 730 (and any taxes on top) otherwise, and this is not something anyone else can know or tell you.

Yes both are nice and that makes me confused with the price range. As I don't mind the extra bucks being spent on the Black diamond if it performs superior to the other one. But I would also want to ensure it's smartly spent. Thank you for your prompt response and advice :D 

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1 hour ago, Zoe Duong said:

that makes me confused with the price range

Well, rule of thumb says +10% per colour grade G-J, +10% per clarity grade within VS: G to I is +2 colour grades, VS2 to VS1 is -1 colour grade, which gives (more or less) a + 10% on grading. Add on another 10% as a premium for "Black" and the price is quite internally consistent. It doesn't help much with the decision, but at least it can be explained. 😉

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