I’m trying to decide between three James Allen True Hearts diamonds, and I’d appreciate any insight that you can provide that will help me choose the best option. I’m leaning towards this 1.23 carat, I-color, VS-1 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond, because I think that it provides a good balance of carat weight, color, and clarity, for the price; however I’ll spend more for the [other options described below], if you think that they are going to provide me with better light return or sparkle. I’m also wondering how James Allen True Hearts diamonds compare to other brands of hearts and arrows? The setting that I’m considering is the Royal Halo Cross Over from James Allen. — Ray H.
I am intrigued by what you wrote about the Crafted Infinity Diamonds offered by High Performance Diamonds, and am going to take you up on your offer to help me find a diamond that meets the following criteria: I’m basically looking for a round solitaire between 1.50 – 2.00 carats, which is G-color to I-color, with a clarity grade of SI-2 or higher, and I would like it to be eye clean. As for price… I’m trying to keep it around $18K. I’ve been using your proportion ranges that you recommended in your article ’15 Seconds to Success’ and that has been VERY helpful in evaluating diamonds on line — Thank you! I’m curious what you can recommend for me. Thanks again….Wendy
I’ve been wanting to write a review of this 6.038 carat, N-color, VVS-1 clarity, Crafted by Infinity round ideal cut diamond for quite some time, however the diamond was set in a three stone ring before the pattern of hearts and arrows could be photographed. Thankfully Wink from High Performance Diamonds had the opportunity to dismount the diamond and get it photographed last week, and he just forwarded the images of the hearts and arrows pattern to me so that I can finally review this spectacular looking diamond! How do I know that it looks spectacular? Because it sparkles like crazy in the video provided on the diamond details page!
Brian Gavin Signature vs Crafted by Infinity, Hearts & Arrows diamond reviews, D-color, Internally Flawless
Hey Todd, could you help me decide between this 1.100 carat, D-color, Internally Flawless, Crafted by Infinity diamond, and this 1.255 carat, D-color, Internally Flawless, Brian Gavin Signature diamond? The debate that I’m having is whether it’s worth paying the extra $1,239.00 for the larger carat weight, because that is about the same price as the Tiffany knife edge style solitaire that my fiance wants. I just finished reading your review of 3 Crafted by Infinity diamonds and thought you’d appreciate the challenge! — Stephen P.
“I’m trying to decide between three Crafted by Infinity Hearts and Arrows High Performance Diamonds, which are all in the same range of carat weight, color, and clarity, but there is a significant difference in price. I’m wondering which of the 3 diamonds is the best option for this Swan setting from D. Vatche; the diamonds that I’m considering are this 1.656 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, CBI diamond; this 1.667 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, CBI diamond; and this 1.738 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, CBI diamond. All things being equal, I’m inclined to go with the 1.667 carat, I-color, diamond; but do you think that an I-color diamond is going to look too yellow in a platinum setting?” — Dennis L.
“I found your site while searching for reviews of the French Set Halo V band from Ritani. I really appreciate the diamond buying advice that you provide, and am wondering what your thoughts are on this 1.041 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, Ritani Reserve ideal cut diamond; the pavilion angle is 0.3 degrees beyond your preferred range, and I’m wondering whether that is a concern. If you’d like to provide additional options for me to consider, I’m looking for a 0.90 – 1.10 carat, round diamond that is bright, eye clean, and white, and am looking to spend no more than $8k for the diamond. I’d also like to know your thoughts on palladium vs. platinum. Thank you. — David R.
I’ve got some advice that is going to save you BIG MONEY if you happen to be shopping for a 1.50 carat round brilliant cut diamond, but it’s a rare opportunity that requires you to take immediate action, because I can’t remember the last time the cutters at Brian Gavin screwed up like this… Somebody managed to cut seven, !!! 7 !!! Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds that fall just short of the 1.49 – 1.50 carat marks, where a substantial price increase occurs. This is a great opportunity for you, but if I were Brian Gavin, I’d blow my stack, and there just might be blood on the cutting room floor, because somebody just cost him an awful lot of money! Let’s check them out…
I took one look at this 2.296 carat, E-color, VS-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Blue diamond with strong blue fluorescence and immediately found myself singing “She wore blue velvet…” because the combination of the E-color and my experience with strong blue fluorescent diamonds invoked a kind of deep emotion that had to be expressed. I just know that this diamond is going to be a bright blue star on some lucky lady’s finger, and that the appearance of this diamond is going to be as stunning as blue velvet; just look at how amazing the strong blue fluorescence looks when the diamond is exposed to black light! This is a diamond that I would definitely buy for myself if I were in the market for a two carat!
Colorless or “white diamonds” tend to be the most popular diamonds selected for engagement rings, however fancy color diamonds have also become an extremely popular option in recent years. This ring was custom made by Brian Gavin on behalf of clients of mine, who purchased their engagement ring from me back in 1999, in celebration of an upcoming anniversary! The diamond is a 1.08 carat, Internally Flawless, natural fancy intense yellow colored diamond, which I helped them select from Brian Gavin’s extensive inventory of fancy colored diamonds. This diamond grading tutorial will help you buy the best fancy colored diamonds for your budget and preference of color.
We’re in search of a diamond engagement ring, and are having a really hard time. We want to get the best diamond for our budget, and with all the variations in diamonds, it’s a little overwhelming. The most important thing for me would be the cut, followed by color, then carat weight, then clarity. I’m a little confused about the diamond color, we’re setting it in white gold, so I was thinking F-G color, because I don’t want the diamond to appear yellow at all. As for the clarity, we definitely don’t want anything that is visible to the eye, or any black inclusions. A friend recommended this 2.12 carat, I-color, VS-1 clarity, round diamond from Zoara. Can you give me a 2nd opinion? — Christina T.