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Please, Need Some Input On 2 Diamonds


drhydra
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Hello,

I've started reading this forum 2 weeks ago and learned a lot, but with my limited knowledge I'd greatly appreciate it if I can get some expert opinions on below 2 diamonds. Can I go wrong with either? Which do you prefer?

1.
http://www.b2cjewels.com/dd-4964077-0.99-carat-Round-diamond-E-color-SI1-clarity.aspx
Looks eye clean from the pictures
HCA 0.8 all excellent except for spread at very good
~$6700

2. 
http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.96-carat-f-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-347572
Obvious black dot on the bottom from the magnified picture, but I'm not sure if it'll be noticeable with naked eye?
HCA 1.3 all excellent except for spread which is at very good
Idealscope image: https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/400x400q90/r/855/4aok.jpg
~$6000

It will be set in this halo setting: https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/548x460q90/r/856/tscs9.jpg

Thanks for any advice/opinion!

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Proportion-wise, I don't think you could go wrong with either - if what you are looking for is a modern super-ideal cut.

 

Clarity-wise, photos and video aren't ideal to assess that aspect, but I'd say you are probably safe there too. I wouldn't call the crystal in the 0.96 "black" nor "obvious", but perhaps we aren't looking at the same thing.

 

As to which I would prefer, I'd rather save $700 and get the 0.96: you'll never see the difference between E and F once set, and neither will you see a difference of 0.05 mm in diameter without tools.

 

All this, of course, is on paper. The only real test is to see the things, but if you go for one and like it, don't have regrets that the other one "would have been so much better".

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