“Hi Todd, Thanks for such an informative site. I am shopping for an engagement ring and would love your help in picking something out. My girlfriend is very simple, thus she loves round diamonds. I am looking for a diamond between 1.00 – 1.50 carats. Size is not as important as quality and sparkle. Being that we live in southern California, it is important that this thing sparkles in natural daylight. My budget would be roughly 12,000 for the loose diamond, and up to $15k including the setting, we’re thinking of a halo engagement ring. I can stretch the budget a little bit higher if you find something incredible. Feel free to respond via blog post. Looking forward to hearing back from you!”
The Blue Nile coupon and discount code provided below, will provide you with:
- $25 off purchases of $100
- $50 off purchases of $200
- $75 off purchases of $300
All you have to do is enter the Blue Nile discount and coupon code: SNOWDAY! But be forewarned, this coupon only works for regularly priced jewelry items that you might give as a gift; it will NOT work on loose diamonds, or any Build Your Own Diamond product, or designer line, restrictions apply.
Hi Todd, I have learned quite a bit about diamonds from reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I’m in the process of shopping for a diamond, and it is a little overwhelming. Upon viewing many diamonds with less than ideal proportions, I came across GIA #1132987464, which is a 2.00 carat, G color, VVS2 clarity diamond, with a 60% table, 59% depth, 32 degree crown angle, and a 40.8 degree pavilion angle, which scores 1.6 “Brilliant Ideal Cut” on the Holloway Cut Adviser.
This stone has some of the proportions you recommended, but apparently it only has a very good cut rating? I’m keen on buying only GIA Excellent cut, but I am kind of wondering whether this stone is worth buying? This diamond also has only Good polish, which I’m also concerned about.
I’ve heard great things about Brian Gavin, but am concerned about the tariff and duties involved with shipping diamonds to Canada. I feel that with the money I save on taxes, will enable me to get better bang for my bucks locally. I’m also very skeptical about buying online, so I’ve been using Blue Nile Canada as a benchmark for diamond prices. I’m looking for an exceptional over 2 carat with a 35K budget; are there any diamonds that you would recommend? Thanks. ~ T.C.”
“I wanted to get your advice on this rings GIA certification. the price seems too good to be true. Is there anything you can see on the Certification that might raise some suspicion? The diamond is on Zoara’s website and is under the catalog ID # D11179161412″ – H.R.
The price for the 1.21 carat, I-color, Internally Flawless clarity, round diamond from Zoara is right on target, for a “GIA Excellent cut diamond” which is not actually cut to the best proportions; which is a concept that might seem confusing at first, but suffice to say that I find the parameters for the GIA Excellent cut rating to be rather broad.
“I think I’ve read every single blog post that you’ve written, possibly even twice, and it seems to me that you definitely have a preference for the super ideal cut diamonds produced by Brian Gavin and Crafted by Infinity; but which hearts and arrows diamond would you select if you had to choose between those two diamond cutters? Does Brian Gavin produce a better diamond than Crafted by Infinity? Or vice versa? Of the three diamonds presented (below) which one would you choose and why? And do you have coupon codes for either vendor?”
The Olympus Collection of Engagement Rings by Brian Gavin
was introduced today, and I must say that the designs look absolutely stunning! There are eight rings featured in the Olympus Collection, each of which is named after a different mythological Goddess; and of course, I’ve got an exclusive Brian Gavin coupon code to save you some $$$ on the ring!
Just drop me a note via my Diamond Concierge Service
to request the Brian Gavin Discount Code. The rings are available in platinum, 18k white gold, 18k yellow gold, and 18k rose gold; and feature BGD Signature melee diamonds, so the accent diamonds will be as bright and white as the center stone!