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Need Help Finding A Diamond: Round, Excellent Or Very Good Cut, 2.58 Or Bigger, Eye Clean, Near Colorless

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I am in search of the best bang for the buck on a larger stone.  The bigger the stone the better.

 

I am looking for a stone that looks free of inclusions to the unaided eye, and is as close to white as possible to the unaided eye.  It is my understanding that g-j with some fluorescence is my best bet to keep the price lower.

 

 Should I spend any extra on Hearts & Arrows or TripleX.  I am looking to say under $28,000 but do not want a stone that is visibly included or yellow, cloudy, or lacks brilliance.

 

The setting will be a thing platinum solitaire.

 

Here are a few I have been looking at on Zoara and Blue Nile.

 

http://www.zoara.com/diamonds/p_round_excellent_cut_j_si1#p=1418427

 

http://www.zoara.com/diamonds/p_round_very_good_cut_j_vs2#p=467674

 

http://www.zoara.com/diamonds/p_round_excellent_cut_j_si1#p=534654

 

 

http://www.zoara.com/diamonds/p_round_excellent_cut_j_vs2#p=764678

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Before you start "searching" for a stone on paper, I would strongly recommend that you go out and see as many as you can with your eyes. Not with the intent of buying, but of assessing to what extent you - and ideally your intended - are sensitive to things like colour, clarity and cut quality. There are people for whom a J colour stone is definitely too yellow, and those for whom it's a perfectly acceptable warm white.

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I like the first one, the 3.22 SI1 J for  a little over $26,000.  Very interesting. :)


Jan

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I have been looking at them in person, and since I am looking at so many different variables it is difficult to compare what I am looking at online.

 

The 3.22 seems very interesting to me as well.  My question is will the J color with the cut, 3x, hearts and arrows, and medium fluorescence look white enough, or will it still have a noticeably yellow tint.

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You have to consider any and all situations when viewing this stone.

 

Some fluorescence may help to make the yellow tinge in the diamond to appear more white, but for the most part, at least in my day to day, the stone will be away from that light kind of a light source.

 

Most diamonds I've dealt over the years, to men and women, for the purpose of an engagement or anniversary ring end up coming back - on the woman's hand - voicing the concern of "How come my diamond looks yellow?"

 

For that reason, J color's beauty is truly subject to the end user. Some people are just fine with a J, because "Who cares, it's a 3.22ct!!!"


Gerry 'The Jeweler'

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I get what you are saying, i love how the answer is always it all depends lol.  My true size requirement is 2.58 or larger...but I dont want visible inclusions, carbon spots, nor do I want a visibly yellow stone

 

But if I am simply trying to get the largest stone that doesnt have visible inclusions and shines white or close to white is that stone going to fulfill my needs, I do not want a stone that looks yellow...

 

Would I be better off sacrificing size, and paying extra for this stone instead?

 

http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?filter_id=0&pt=sig#diamonds_pid=LD02067750

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'... i love how the answer is always it all depends'

 

LOL!

 

I know right.

 

In all sincerety here's what I shop for if I am buying.

 

*No Black Inclusions

*No Open Inclusions

*No Inclusions in the Table (prefer near the edge so prongs can cover it if possible)

*No Fluorescence

*H Color (or higher - depends on budget of course - oops there is it again :) it depends lol!)

*SI1 minimum - Clarity

*Excellent Cut

 

Plain and simple.


Gerry 'The Jeweler'

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"Would I be better off sacrificing size, and paying extra for this stone instead?"

 

Yes! In my opinion that stone will not raise the question "Why is my diamond so yellow?"

 

Good luck!


Gerry 'The Jeweler'

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The 3.00 ct. looks nicer on paper and you can't beat the size for the price.  It's worth the try to look at the 3.00 ct. in person and see how you like the look of the stone.  I've sold alot of stones in the J color grade and people were very happy with them.  I don't think you will find a better price.  Let us know how it goes.


Jan

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We did look at some more together in person, and have both decided that I in color is the lowest we both would go.  With that said as good as the 3.22ct looks, we are going to pass on it.

 

Here is another that looks interesting to me.  Let me know your thoughts on this stone.

 

http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?track=NavDiaSea#diamonds_pid=LD02381984

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That stone is a:

 

*2.63ct

*I

*SI1

*Excellent

*Excellent -polish

*Excellent- symmetry

*Med -Blue - fluorescence

 

$23,922

 

You will get mixed reviews from sellers with regards to fluorescence that are looking to sell you a diamond. Over the last 25 years, I've seen honest complaints from women about this. If they are anywhere near a black light, a diamond with fluorescence will litterally glow a bluish color.

 

All of the NO - Fluorescence stones that have walked out of my original store in Canada, as well as my fathers shop, had never come back with any complaints.

 

For the same money, I would shoot for a stone with no fluorescence, that is of course if the fluorescence is deemed important or not to you.

 

If fluorescence is a non issue, this is a good buy for sure ;)


Gerry 'The Jeweler'

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That stone is a:

 

*2.63ct

*I

*SI1

*Excellent

*Excellent -polish

*Excellent- symmetry

*Med -Blue - fluorescence

 

$23,922

 

You will get mixed reviews from sellers with regards to fluorescence that are looking to sell you a diamond. Over the last 25 years, I've seen honest complaints from women about this. If they are anywhere near a black light, a diamond with fluorescence will litterally glow a bluish color.

 

All of the NO - Fluorescence stones that have walked out of my original store in Canada, as well as my fathers shop, had never come back with any complaints.

 

For the same money, I would shoot for a stone with no fluorescence, that is of course if the fluorescence is deemed important or not to you.

 

If fluorescence is a non issue, this is a good buy for sure ;)

 

Here is a very similar stone but without fluorescence

http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?track=NavDiaSea#diamonds_pid=LD03315352

 

I really appreciate all of the input, I think I am honing in on the last few options and plan on buying within the next few weeks at the most.  I am torn between going with fluorescence or not.  On one hand the thought of it making it shine whiter in natrual light is nice, but the thought of black light glowing blue is not so nice, except for the fact that we done go to places often at all that have that type of lighting...

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Of those 2 that you listed here, I would go with the first one, simply based on the concentration of inclusions not being centered in the table of the diamond.

 

These large stones present a good size "viewing window" into the diamond through the table. The second diamond seems to have most of the inclusions centered right in the table area.

 

I hope that makes sense.

 

Sometimes I think in french, and written in english it is not always the clearest :)


Gerry 'The Jeweler'

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Sometimes I think in french, and written in english it is not always the clearest :)

Mais non, Monsieur, c'est tout trés clair. ;)

 

BTW, welcome, Gerry!


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

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