While conducting a search for a client who submitted a request via my free Diamond Concierge Service, I ran across two Ritani GIA Excellent cut round diamonds that I think would make a great pair of diamond earrings! This 0.60 carat, D-color, VS-1 clarity, GIA Excellent cut round diamond from Ritani, is an excellent match for this 0.60 carat, D-color, VS-1 clarity, GIA Excellent cut round diamond from Ritani. The diamonds measure 5.40 – 5.41 x 3.33 mm and 5.39 – 5.41 x 3.33 mm respectively, and both have a total depth of 61.7% with one having a 57% table diameter and the other having a 58% table diameter, and both having a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a pavilion depth of 43%.
Let me begin by saying thank you for all of the information that you provide on this web site, I’ve learned so much about diamonds by reading your articles! And even a bit about the nature of my relationship thanks to the piece you wrote about the True Significance of a Diamond Engagement Ring, but could you explain what to expect from an SI-1 clarity diamond? e.g. what the SI-1 clarity grade really means to me as a consumer? Why are some SI-1 clarity diamonds “eye clean” and others are not? Why two SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature diamonds that seem virtually identical to me, are so different in price? Which SI-1 clarity diamond should I buy, I’ve provided links below. Thanks!”
“I’ve been lurking on your blog for awhile now Todd, and certainly appreciate the diamond buying advice that you provide people like me. I’m in the research phase of planning what I hope will be a mind blowing Crafted by Infinity three stone diamond engagement ring, so feel free to respond via blog if you think that doing so will help other people, it is the least that I can do to thank you for your time! I don’t intend to actually buy a ring for three or four months because I’m waiting for an investment to mature, but what do you think about this 2.038 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Crafted by Infinity diamond, set in the three stone Swan setting by D. Vatche? And what ratio of side stones to center stone would you recommend?”
The diamond inclusion referred to as “Twinning Wisps” are intergrowth within the diamond, which has twisted together within a twinning plane. It is essentially a twisting of the diamond crystal plane, and usually contains a variety of inclusions, such as diamond crystals, fractures, feathers, and clouds of pinpoint size diamond crystals, which may be light or dark in color. At high magnification, twinning wisps often look like white or black stripes, or streaking within the diamond; it can look like cotton candy. Twinning wisps are not necessarily bad inclusions, they simply need to be carefully evaluated on a stone-by-stone basis to determine whether they affect visual performance.
“Hi Todd, you helped a friend of mine find a diamond from James Allen awhile back, and after seeing how beautiful the diamond looks, I’m a believer! Could you help me select the best James Allen True Hearts diamond in the range of 1.10 – 1.49 carats, D to I-color, VS-2 in clarity? I would like it to be the type of diamond that you would choose for yourself if you were buying an engagement ring. I’m not sure exactly how much I’m willing to spend on the ring at this point, so perhaps you can provide me with a range of options; feel free to turn this into a blog post since I’m in the early stages of figuring things out. The ring I like is this 14k white gold, channel set, vintage engagement ring from James Allen.”
While the majority of the men seem to approach the process of buying a diamond engagement ring as if they are knights preparing to joust with a jeweler to win their beloved bride the ultimate prize; most women tend to see their engagement ring as a symbol of love, not the spoils of your diamond conquest. This article is going to take a different twist than other blog posts that I have written, because it is going to be about more than just how to buy a diamond engagement ring.
I almost blew coffee all over the screen of my Macbook Air when I opened up the GCAL report for this 1.06 carat, G-color, Internally Flawless, Blue Nile Signature round diamond, and saw that GCAL had given the “Hearts and Arrows pattern” of this diamond an Excellent grade, because the hearts pattern is not consistent; the “hearts” are not uniform in shape, some are larger, some are smaller, and a few of them look more like the flight of a lawn dart more than a heart; and yet GCAL has determined it to be a “Hearts and Arrows diamond”.
After seeing some of the Elsa Peretti “Diamonds by the Yard” bezel set studs at Tiffany & Co, and even almost buying a pair there on impulse despite the price and the lack of confirmation of cut quality, I decided that I should look more into other options before I went off the reservation and plunked my hard earned cash down for the name-brand pair. Afterall, I wasn’t really sure this option was the best there ever was, despite what the lovely saleswoman was insistent upon being “a Tiffany diamond” and “of course it’s the best there is, it’s from Tiffany.”
“Hi Todd, you helped me select the perfect Brian Gavin Signature round hearts and arrows diamond for a Tiffany style engagement ring earlier this year, and now I’m hoping that you can help me with this cushion cut peridot halo ring from Brian Gavin. It appears that the colored stone jewelry from Brian Gavin is available in a variety of metal types, all of the jewelry that my fiance wears is white in color, so the options appear to be silver and 14k white gold; which metal type do you prefer? I’ve chosen peridot because it is the birthstone for August. Do proportions matter on colored gems like they do for diamonds? Do you have any experience with colored gem jewelry from Brian Gavin?”