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This 1.738 carat, F-color, VS-2 clarity, Black by Brian Gavin hearts and arrows round diamond is going to knock her socks off! Just look at the sparkle factor created by the incredible degree of optical precision ideal proportions! BTW the dust-like reflections are created by the speckled platform under the diamond on the imaging system. They are not inclusions and don't appear in the other image options which use a different base.
This 1.63 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond is sure to please! The 40.7 degree pavilion angle should produce a high volume of light return. While the 34.7 degree crown angle produces a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. The higher degree of optical precision, which creates the hearts pattern, combined with the 78% lower girdle facet length, will produce broad spectrum sparkle!
This 1.30 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, GIA Excellent cut round diamond from Blue Nile should be stunning. The 40.8 degree pavilion angle should produce a high volume of light return. While the 34.5 degree crown angle produces a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. It's not up to the standards for hearts and arrows, but it's a good second tier option for those of you who don't want to spend the extra money for that cut class.
Big Diamond Rings! 8+ carats of mind blowing light performance! Discover what proportions and factors to consider when buying big diamond rings. Plus, you get to feast your eyes on some really big diamond rings! And learn a ton about diamonds in the process!
How to select the best antique cushion cut diamond for a Victor Canera Emilya halo setting. What are the best proportions for an antique cushion cut diamond? How to interpret and read an ASET Scope image for a cushion cut diamond. Everything you need to do to put together an amazing ring with the Victor Canera Emilya setting!
Which Crafted by Infinity two carat diamond ring should you buy? Follow along as I evaluate the characteristics of 3 two carat Crafted by Infinity hearts and arrows diamonds. This is no easy feat, since these diamonds are quite literally the best of the best! Can you pick just one?
Buying an engagement ring sucks! That's probably not what you expect a 30 year veteran of the diamond business to say, but it's true. Thankfully the reasons why buying an engagement ring sucks are easily surmounted if you follow these simple steps.
Follow along as we evaluate 4 GIA Excellent cut round diamonds presented by a client. Discover why they don't meet my selection criteria, and learn why the alternatives I recommended will leave those other ideal cut diamonds in the dust!
The hunt for a 1 carat round diamond is on. Follow along as we navigate through the options, exploring the offerings of different vendors and breaking down proportions into understandable concepts.
Brilliant Earth vs Brilliantly Engaged. Why is one of them charging $672.00 more for the same diamond? Does an in-house certificate of origin justify the higher price? Or can you buy from either diamond with total peace of mind?
The experience of working with Todd Gray to help navigate my search for the perfect diamond was priceless. His expertise is invaluable in an industry I had limited knowledge of and I always felt that he had my best interest in mind. Finding an affordable stone through Brian Gavin was an added bonus. I had been looking at Brian Gavin’s website for years yet never believed that I would someday own one of his stunningly beautiful perfectly cut stones. Thank you Todd Gray and Brian Gavin for such a pleasant experience through this entire process!
The Ultimate in Light Performance
Hearts & Arrows Super Ideal Cut Diamonds are available from:
Hearts & Arrows Diamonds represent the Top 0.001% of the annual production for round brilliant cut diamonds. They offer the highest volume of light return and the most incredible sparkle factor you've ever seen.
GIA Excellent Cuts from James Allen:
GIA Excellent cut diamonds represent a great value for the price conscious shopper. However the light performance of Hearts & Arrows diamonds is dramatically superior.
Where to Buy GIA Excellent Cut Diamonds: