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I'm buying a diamond for our engagement ring. My fiancee reckons I should pick the diamond, as she will pick the ring. She said she wants a round diamond that sparkles about 6mm in diameter. Told you we're not jewellers, carats don't mean much to us.:-) To be honest we don't know much about diamonds and this looked nice to our eyes. It's got a GIA certificate (http://www.gia.edu/reportcheck/index.cfm?f...amp;weight=0.82): -


Report Type: GIA Diamond Dossier®

Date of Issue: August 29, 2007

Laser Inscription Registry: GIA 16104859

Round Brilliant

Measurements: 6.00 - 6.03 x 3.74 mmCarat Weight: 0.82

Color Grade: H

Clarity Grade: VS2

Cut Grade: Excellent





Depth: 62.2 %

Table: 58 %

Crown Angle: 34°

Crown Height: 14.5 %

Pavilion Angle: 41.6°

Pavilion Depth: 44 %

Star length: 55 %

Lower Half: 80 %


Girdle: Thin to Slightly Thick

Culet: NoneFinish:

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Fluorescence: None

Clarity Characteristics: Crystal, Feather


We're buying it from our local jewellers, they have workshop in the back where they make hand-made jewellery. We checked prices on Bluenile and it costs about the same for a similar spec diamond - 0.82 H VS2, GIA ratings Excellent, Excellent, Very Good - so we know they are being competitive on price. Is it a good diamond? We would be extremely grateful if you could share your informed opinions with us.






We're not billionaires! I just want to make sure I get the best diamond I can afford for my sweet heart:-)

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There’s no way to really answer the question without seeing the stone but I can make a few observations.


GIA called it ‘excellent’ cut. That’s a good place to start.

You love it.

You trust the dealer and want to do business with them.

The price is competitive.

You can afford it.


That all sounds like the makings of a deal. Congratulations.




Ps. When you become a billionaire you can always upgrade.

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Good idea to ask your Jeweler if he can show you a diamond with a smaller table (55-57%) and a less steep pavillion depth (43%) with all other specs the same. I'm sure he has one in stock.


Compare these two diamonds side-by-side and in a few different lighting environments and see which one you like better.


Our experience is that consumers can and do see a difference. Preference is based on personal taste.


Good Luck!

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