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Hello everyone,

I am someone from Belgium and I have been looking for an engagement ring. I have contacted 2 vendors whom I know personally and they do business here in Belgium. I got offers from both but after doing a little bit of  research on diamonds I started to question these offers.

(My knowledge is very small compared to most people I would assume so every bit of info is welcome.)

Down below are the diamonds they offered me and I would really appreciate any  opinions on these!

My criterea was a price around 1100 euros, 0.50C, the color/clarity/cut i left to them but after doing research I would assume CUT should be excellent or very good at the minimum. Clarity I would lile Vs2-Vs1 and color wise G would be the mowest you should buy? As I said my knowledge is not that great so any help is welcome!

(Ps. I found better ones on James Allen but I can't import those to Belgium I think)

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2 hours ago, Leoquitas said:

CUT should be excellent or very good at the minimum

I would agree with that - but note that the cut grades from GIA and HRD are not really comparable. This said, for today's standards, the HRD's proportions look rather better than the GIA's (which are at the 'horrible' end of 'good'). The photo on the HRD report is at the 'horrible' end of 'horrible', but with a bit of luck that's just the photo!

2 hours ago, Leoquitas said:

color wise G would be the mowest you should buy?

For a 0.50, I would think that you'd be perfectly fine with H or I, or even J, especially if very well cut.

2 hours ago, Leoquitas said:

I can't import those to Belgium

You can import anything you like (well, not quite, but legally sourced cut and mounted diamonds definitely!). Just remember that you need to add Belgian VAT at 21% (and if the diamond is set in a ring an additional 2.5% of customs duty, but that enables you to bypass the ridiculous Belgian registration requests for the import of loose diamonds) to your 'US-based' costs.

Edited by davidelevi

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